Dangerous isolation

Once a common sight in Austria, the European roller is today a highly endangered species as a result of its natural habitat being destroyed by modern farming. These wonderfully colorful birds are now an isolated population forced to share hibernation areas with other species due to the disappearance or deterioration of their own natural winter quarters. The organization BirdLife Österreich and the NHM Vienna are currently working on a joint project to study the consequences of this genetic isolation.

© NHM Wien, Kurt Kracher