Urban bird species risk dying prematurely due to stress

Birds of the species Parus major (great tit) living in an urban environment are at greater risk of dying young than great tits living outside cities. Research results in Sweden show that urban great tits have shorter telomeres than others of their own species living in rural areas. According to the researchers, the induced stress that the urban great tits are experiencing is what results in shorter telomeres and thereby increases their risk of dying young

Science Daily

Last updated on 22 June 2016

Type: 
Media Watch
Country: 
Sweden
Species group: 
Birds