Nearly Half of European Bird Species at Risk

From Times Wire Reports

More than 40% of bird species in Europe face an uncertain future and some may disappear soon because of intensive agriculture and climate change, a British conservation group said.

Many species, including the house sparrow, have been declining alarmingly, BirdLife International said. The group identified 226 species, or 43% of all European bird types, as threatened.

“Birds are excellent environmental indicators, and the continued decline of many species sends a clear signal about the ... poor state of our environment,” said Clairie Papazoglou, a BirdLife official.