Bird demise tied to El Ni˜o

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Abstract

The first massive disappearance of a total bird population from a tropical atoll has been credited to the 1982 El Niño.

Roughly 17 million seabirds—virtually the entire adult bird population on Christmas Island in the mid Pacific—either perished or fled, leaving behind thousands of nestlings to starve, according to a report from the National Science Foundation. Among those birds that either abandoned the world's largest coral atoll or died are 14 million sooty terns, at least 1.5 million wedge-tailed shear-waters, and 1 million birds comprising 16 other species.