CNN | Birds that learn new behaviors less likely to go extinct, says study
Now, a new study has found that birds that are able to change their behavior in this way are less likely to become extinct than those that do not adapt. These adaptations may include incorporating new food into their diet, or developing new hunting techniques, said a team of researchers from Canada's McGill University and CREAF Barcelona, Spain, in a study published Monday."We long suspected that this relationship between innovation and survival must exist, but now we have been able to verify it quantitatively," said Simon Ducatez, study lead author and post-doctoral researcher at McGill University and CREAF, in a press release. However, the authors stressed that innovation can only protect birds from changes in their habitat, and not from over hunting or threats from invasive species.