Birds

  • Cassowaries shine in an interesting way

    Study suggests its due to feather shape.

    The cassowary achieves its luxuriously glossy plumage through modifications to feather shape similar to the hair stru...

    Birds May 14, 2020
  • Feathers, digits and the Sonic hedgehog

    Biologists suggest they are all linked.

    Bird feathers and human digits share a remarkably similar developmental history, according to a new study. Grafts ...

    Birds May 7, 2020
  • How birds evolved big brains

    They once compared well with dinosaurs.

    Birds and non-avian dinosaurs had similar relative brain sizes prior to the mass extinction at the end of the Cretace...

    Birds April 24, 2020
  • The social lives of flamingos

    It’s a complex world of groups and besties.

    You could probably base a reality TV series on the lives of flamingos, such is the complexity of their social lives. ...

    Birds April 16, 2020
  • For birds, innovation is survival

    Study shows novel behaviours lower extinction risk.

    If you’ve ever ventured beyond admiring the assorted dazzling plumages of birds or simply enjoying their symphony of ...

    Nature April 7, 2020
  • Some birds with small brains aren’t that silly

    They simply breed more to survive chaotic cities.

    It’s not just big brains that can give birds a survival advantage in harsh urban environments. Some small-brained bir...

    Birds March 26, 2020
  • ‘Wonderchicken’ fossil from dinosaur age

    Find sheds light on the origin of modern birds.

    Palaeontologists have found the oldest fossil of a modern bird, originating from before the last mass extinction that...

    Birds March 19, 2020
  • How do colourful birds protect themselves?

    Researchers unravel the mystery with Australasian lorikeets.

    The dazzling array of colours that birds display – some that humans can’t even see – are more than awe-inspiring eye ...

    Birds March 8, 2020
  • Parrots do probability

    Study finds evidence of statistical inference beyond great apes.

    A New Zealand-based PhD student has teamed up with a parrot called Blofeld and, together, they have raised the “spect...

    Birds March 3, 2020
  • I’ll have what she’s having

    Seagulls specifically want your food, study suggests.

    Seagulls favour food that has been handled by humans, new research shows. When herring gulls in British seaside town...

    Birds February 26, 2020
  • Birds migrated through the last ice age

    Surprise finding could help predict future adaptations.

    Birds have been migrating much longer than previously thought; in fact, research published in the journal Nature Comm...

    Birds February 18, 2020
  • Smart birds remember new tricks

    And this impressive skill could boost their survival.

    Not only can you teach a wild bird new tricks, but they can remember it nearly two years later, according to research...

    Birds February 12, 2020
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