Divergent morphological and acoustic traits in sympatric communities of Asian barbets

Priya Tamma ~ What allows many species of barbets to co-occur? Our world is extraordinarily diverse, and birds are a perfect example of that. There are about 10000 species of birds in the world. Yes, 10000! In the Peruvian Amazon, up to 575 species of birds may occupy just 5500 hectares of rainforest. That is an astounding number of species packed into one small area. It is quite incredible that so many species coexist in the world, whether 500 in the Amazon or 30 in the Sahara desert. Do they not compete for food or for other resources? The organization … Continue reading Divergent morphological and acoustic traits in sympatric communities of Asian barbets