‘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...
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 ...
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...
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 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...
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...
Look up, albatross at work
Giant birds recruited in fight against illegal fishing.
One in three boats fishing in international waters is probably doing so illegally – and we know that thanks to a flee...
Vast avian database links form to function
Bird bodies provide clues to their role in ecosystems.
A decade-long effort building on bird specimens collected over the past two centuries has culminated in a database of...
New songbird found on Indonesian islands
Discovery amplifies the archipelago’s rich biodiversity.
Tucked away in three of the most geographically isolated Indonesian islands of Wallacea, known for their unique and r...
It’s structure that creates this colour
Scientists discover what makes hummingbirds so bright.
Hummingbirds are among the brightest birds in the world, and now scientists know why. A new study in the journal Evo...
Bird migratory patterns change with the climate
But scientists question whether it’s enough.
A study tracking hundreds of bird species across the US over more than two decades has found they are altering their ...
Five small parrots flew into a tunnel…
…and appear to have changed our thinking on how they did it.
Humans can’t fly, but we’re determined to work out how others do. Last month a Canadian team suggested that the way ...