Songs, sounds and the life of birds
They remember their tunes but are disrupted by our noise.
Birds’ affinity for sound has its upsides and downsides, it seems. On the one hand, scientists have found that zeb...
Bird genome project really takes off
We now know a lot more about the avian tree of life.
Bird lovers can now rejoice in exploring the genomes of nearly all bird families. About 40% of the newly sequenced...
Wind? That’s barely a breeze
Lily shows how to handle gusty conditions.
Birds can fly easily in winds that would challenge engineered air vehicles of a similar size, and now Lily the Britis...
Penguins were here, but a while back
Fresh signs of old remains a surprising find.
While searching Antarctica’s rocky Cape Irizar, US biologist Steven Emslie stumbled upon ancient remains of penguins,...
Lyrical lyrebird also an ecosystem engineer
Its soil displacement tops the global rankings.
The superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) is known for its impressive mimicry of other birds’ songs and even camer...
A bird’s life in the changing tropics
Studies examine climate change impact and response.
Two new studies in the journal Nature Climate Change highlight the delicate balance birds face in trying to survive g...
Why penguins are where they are
Genomic analysis traces their origin and travels.
Penguins first appeared about 22 million years ago, not in Antarctica, as many scientists have thought, but in the co...
Birds don’t sleep well in the city
Study measures neurological responses to light pollution.
We continue to learn more about the damaging impact of light pollution. Most recently, an Australian study – the f...
Birds adapting to climate change
Study finds that timing breeds resilience.
Changing weather patterns are playing havoc with nature’s ecosystems. We’re seeing such things as plants flowering in...
Peckish pollys and townie turkeys
Help keep an eye on birds in the bush and the suburbs.
Each week Cosmos takes a look at the latest projects and news about Citizen Science in Australia. This week Ian Conne...
Migrating birds adapt to changing seasons
Population declines likely due to human land use.
Birds that fly long distances across continents in spring are more flexible in adapting their migrations to a changin...
Birds change their tunes after wildfires
Dialects reflect ecosystem processes, study shows.
Wildfires can change the tunes of birds in nearby forests, according to a new study published in The Auk: Ornithologi...