“During that very bad heatwave (in 2019-2020), which caused terrible bushfires all across Australia, we had zero reproductive success,” Dr Ridley said.
“All the babies that were alive during that heatwave died before it ended.
“That’s a one-off event but if this happens more frequently, which is predicted to happen under climate change, and we’re already seeing it happen in Perth … this could cause a catastrophic decline.”
The team’s research has found that the magpies suffer cognitive decline when the temperature reaches around 32 to 33 C.
They experience heat stress which hinders their ability to forage for food and feed their babies.
Noooooo, not the magpies! This time, climate change has gone TOO FAR!