After an established nesting area is destroyed birds have the ability to adapt by dispersing to nearby colonies and colonizing new habitats
Scientists discover how birds survive volcano eruptions - short science news

When a volcano erupts the habitat of the birds nearby is destroyed. But, what happens to the birds? To understand this, biologists studied the impact of the 2008 eruption of the Kasatochi volcano, in the Aleutian archipelago. Surprisingly, the birds were extremely adaptable when their colonies were abruptly destroyed. After the eruption, the birds quickly found a new close by habitat and created a new colony that flourished only four years after the cataclysm. The study provides valuable insight into the habitat shifting and adaptative abilities of seabirds.

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