Birds

  • Last chance to see? How to save the regent honeyeater

    The iconic birds are on the brink, but a new model shows the three simple things needed to bring ...

    A nesting regent honeyeater. Credit: Nathan Sherwood Regent honeyeaters (Anthochaera phrygia) once flocked everywh...

    Birds January 13, 2022
  • 9 bird science stories to soar into 2022 with

    No need to be in a flap when you have cool bird facts!

    While some Cosmos writers think Ripper the swearing musk duck was the unequivocal highlight of 2021, it’s important t...

    Birds January 4, 2022
  • Ancient avian megafauna plagued by crippling bone disease

    Rare fossil discovery points to a painful end for many of South Australia’s ancient “Thunder Birds”.

    An exceptionally rare fossil discovery by Flinders University researchers in South Australia has offered new insight ...

    Palaeontology December 15, 2021
  • Even migratory birds can keep their cool

    Lighter-coloured feathers help keep migratory birds from overheating over extreme distances.

    Migratory birds are specially adapted to tackle the remarkable tests of endurance involved in undertaking their long ...

    Birds December 7, 2021
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    Moon fragments, cat object permanence, the rhythms of music preference, and more science you miss...

    Near-Earth asteroid could be a piece of the Moon An asteroid called Kamo`oalewa likely has lunar origins, accordin...

    Astrophysics November 15, 2021
  • Flying into turbulence

    Recent protests have highlighted a debate pitting environmentalists against each other. How dange...

    Wind farms are not the bird killer of popular imagination, but as more and more towers rise over the Australian lands...

    Birds October 22, 2021
  • Video

    Feeling twitchy? Get ready for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count

    How to graduate from avian amateur to bird nerd.

    On Monday 18 October, the 2021 Aussie Backyard Bird Count begins! This annual outbreak of citizen bird-geekery inv...

    Birds October 14, 2021
  • Kea can use touchscreens but think the virtual is real

    That’s one clever parrot: kea employ their tongues to operate touchscreens.

    Clever Kea (Nestor notabilis) can use touchscreens with their tongues and perceive the virtual world as real, accordi...

    Birds September 29, 2021
  • The story of bird migration is written in poop

    The microbiome of bird changes depending on where it eats – even when it is half way round the wo...

    The story of bird migration is written in poop, according to a study published in Molecular Ecology. Bird poop is ...

    Birds September 28, 2021
  • Video

    The night parrot rangers

    We interview the Martu rangers who recently caught a glimpse of the night parrot.

    A few weeks ago, a group of Martu rangers working with Indigenous organisation Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa caught sight of t...

    Australia September 13, 2021
  • Bruce the beakless kea uses tools to spruce himself up

    Scientists have observed a disabled kea using tools to help look after himself.

    In a world-first, researchers from the University of Auckland in New Zealand have observed a disabled kea use tools f...

    Birds September 10, 2021
  • After 10,000 years of inbreeding, the kākāpō is hanging on

    Genetic study of the critically endangered kākāpō shows some hope for survival.

    The kākāpō (Strigops habroptila), the world’s heaviest and arguably dumbest parrot, doesn’t seem to suffer from a his...

    Animals September 9, 2021
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