City blackbirds live longer but are less healthy than their country counterparts, a study has found

For the blackbird, the benefits of urban living include better access to food and less chance of being killed by a predator, scientists believe

The downside is that city birds age faster and are generally less fit.

What accounts for the trend is unknown, but may involve exposure to city pollution early in life.

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Professor Simon Verhulst, a member of the research team from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, said: “This could be present at birth or develop in the first year, as cities are an unhealthy environment.”

To study the health effects of city life on blackbirds, the scientists used a well known genetic ageing marker.....     Read the full story at Huffington post

This fascinating research sits alongside SBS own research on urban birds

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