Urban sprawl speeds up bird migration

More research has shown that urban development changes animal patterns.

A new study has found that urban centres speed up bird migration, with rural and urban populations exhibiting different migration patterns.

Researchers in Poland compared the arrival dates of 18 migrant bird species in medium-sized cities to the arrival dates of birds in rural areas.

Their results show that during migration, urban birds arrive earlier than rural birds. Researchers also found select species were migratory in rural areas but became sedentary in urban locations.

Read more at PLoS ONE