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Queensland coal mines will push threatened finch closer to extinction

Eric Vanderduys and April Reside write in The Conversation (4.3.16) about the threats posed to native bird species by the potential expansion of coal mining in central Queensland.

‘Australia has a bad record for losing species, and more are likely to follow: more than 1,700 species of animals and plants are listed by the Australian government as being seriously threatened.

‘The extinction of a species usually comes about from several interacting threats, and the extinction process usually starts with losing a few populations, or a particular subspecies, until eventually there are only a few individuals remaining.

‘The southern black-throated finch, Poephila cincta cincta, is a bird that has become endangered mostly through land modified by agriculture, resulting in the loss of around 80% of its former range.

‘Our research, published in PLoS ONE, shows that more than half of the remaining finch habitat is potentially subject to mining development.’

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