One-quarter of US bird species at risk of extinction

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Washington, Dec 15 (UNI) One quarter bird species in the United States are at risk of extinction, according to a new report.

The National Audubon Society and American Bird Conservancy, the nation's leading bird conservation groups, say some 178 species in the continental US and 39 in Hawaii have the dubious distinction of landing on the newest and most scientifically sound list of America's most imperiled birds.

They are in need of immediate conservation help.

Audubon President John Flicker says, ''They are at risk from local habitat loss and from broader regional, national and global problems such as invasive species, unchecked development, sprawl, urban expansion and now in particular, global warming.'' UNI

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