• Kiwis don’t like noisy visitors

    Loud sounds can generate abnormal behaviour in iconic birds in captivity.

    The noises people make when visiting kiwis in captivity – such as talking or mobile phones ringing – can upset the ch...

    Birds May 5, 2021
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    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    It’s a boy! In new research from the Australian National University, swift parrot mothers are choosing to hatch th...

    Birds May 3, 2021
  • Songbirds without a song

    Regent honeyeaters lose ability to sing their tune as populations decline.

    What’s a songbird without its song? Sadly, we are finding out. Australian regent honeyeaters are failing to learn ...

    Birds March 17, 2021
  • Birds thrive in the Murray-Darling

    Waterbirds thrive off donated water and traditional water management.

    It’s a Murray-Darling bird-breeding party in the Gayini (Nimmie-Caira) wetlands in south west New South Wales, as bir...

    Birds March 11, 2021
  • Deceptive smells

    Mammal predators can be tricked into leaving vulnerable NZ birds alone.

    It’s not only humans who can be fooled with misinformation to change their choices. Animals can be tricked too, it se...

    Animals March 11, 2021
  • Wily lyrebirds

    The males mimic noisy flocks to boost mating success.

    Males are prone to try anything to get lucky, and lyrebirds seem to have it clinched, according to study published in...

    Birds February 26, 2021
  • Noisy silence

    Study suggests NZ pest-control regime has little impact on birds.

    New Zealand’s use of toxic aerial baits to rid the islands of invasive mammal predators has attracted claims that for...

    Birds February 5, 2021
  • Birds of a feather

    Photographer Søren Solkær used his COVID year to capture one of the most spectacular – but little...

    Søren Solkær makes his living photographing fashion and pop culture, but he has a secret love of common starlings – S...

    Birds February 3, 2021
  • Tropical birds evolved slowly

    Are biodiversity hotspots ‘coldspots’ for new species?

    Scientists have uncovered a surprising paradox in species evolution: birds in tropical hotspots evolved much more slo...

    Birds December 11, 2020
  • 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...

    Birds November 14, 2020
  • 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...

    Birds November 12, 2020
  • 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...

    Birds October 22, 2020
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