Alien Bird Species Can Help Native Plants Move Around, Say Surprised Scientists

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Evolving together as a community is not necessary for non-native species to fill critically important ecosystem roles, such as dispersing seeds — tasks originally performed by now-extinct native species on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu.

Native bird species on the Hawaiian island of O‘ahu have been almost completely wiped out and replaced by a mélange of non-native birds from around the world, creating a never-before-seen type of ecosystem. As a result, the local plants now depend almost entirely on introduced species to disperse their seeds, according to a pioneering study.

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