Birds

  • 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
  • For the evolution of smarts, parents matter

    Songbird research shows cognitive and survival benefits.

    Humans are not the only species that enjoy prolonged childhoods: elephants, whales, dolphins and some bats and birds ...

    Birds June 3, 2020
  • 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
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