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    I Thought I Saw a Pussycat...

    NewsBird NewsMonday 21 March 2011
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    Statistics show that cats are responsible for 47% of all bird deaths, doing away with over 500 million a year

    Whilst many bird enthusiasts focus on the likes of wind turbines and destruction of habitat as the biggest threat to birds in the modern world, an American study has shown that the biggest cause of death for birds is a familiar enemy: the household cat. The study showed that cats were responsible for 47% of the unnatural deaths of birds in the Washington D.C. area. Apparently up to 500 million birds a year are killed by cats both domesticated and feral. The American Bird Conservancy hopes these statistics will galvanise the public and other environmental agencies into addressing the problem of cats as predators for birds. In North America, domesticated cats are an invasive species with few natural enemies, having been introduced to the continent by European colonists. Might be a good idea to read up on how to cat-proof your pet bird on Bird Trader!

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