Birds

  • 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
  • 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,...

    Birds September 30, 2020
  • Snapshot

    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...

    Birds September 3, 2020
  • 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...

    Birds August 25, 2020
  • 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 August 19, 2020
  • 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 July 24, 2020
  • 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...

    Birds July 21, 2020
  • Citizen Science

    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...

    Birds July 3, 2020
  • 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 July 1, 2020
  • 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...

    Birds June 16, 2020
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