Perth College: Centre for Mountain Studies

The Centre for Mountain Studies is based at Perth College, which is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland, UK. Its staff undertake research and consultancy at all levels from Scotland to the world, and have organized major mountain-science conferences. The Director of the centre, Professor Martin Price, is currently the holder of the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Mountain Development.

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Most biodiverse mountain range (birds)

Based purely on levels of local avifauna, the mountain system with the greatest biodiversity is the Andes Cordillera, with an estimated 2,422 species of bird distributed across the range. The Andes is the longest continental mountain range, running some 7,600 kilometres (4,700 miles) from Venezuela to Argentina, down the western coast of South America. Endemic species include the world’s largest bird of prey, the Andean condor (Vultur gryphus), the Andean flamingo (Phoenicoparrus andinus) and the Andean cock-of-the-rock, or tunki (Rupicola peruvianus). These findings were published in the journal Nature on 21 February 2018.