Birds

  • 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...

    Birds February 12, 2020
  • 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...

    Birds January 27, 2020
  • 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...

    Birds January 14, 2020
  • 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...

    Birds January 12, 2020
  • 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...

    Birds January 12, 2020
  • 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 ...

    Birds December 16, 2019
  • 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 ...

    Birds November 25, 2019
  • Old bones get pigeons back in the air

    Iranian veterinary researchers create natural pins for wing repair.

    The veterinary clinic at Iran’s Shiraz University treats both wild and companion birds with fractured wings or legs. ...

    Birds November 24, 2019
  • The other use for feathers

    Research reveals they make pretty useful armour.

    A bird’s feathers play an important role in mating, flight and insulation, but new research suggests they also help p...

    Birds November 20, 2019
  • How to behave in school

    What makes individuals decide which way to go?

    A mass of animals flocking, schooling or swarming is one of the grand sights of nature: a flock of magpie geese erupt...

    Birds November 19, 2019
  • These guys are better off together

    Study suggests crows are healthier in a crowd.

    Animals tend to be healthier in smaller groups, where there’s less risk of disease and aggro, but that doesn’t appear...

    Birds November 17, 2019
  • Birds leave genetic clues in drinking water

    Environmental DNA proves a powerful conservation tool.

    Australian researchers have worked out how to trace an endangered bird species by analysing water samples from its dr...

    Birds November 14, 2019
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