• When will fairy wrens help other fairy wrens?

    Birds respond differently to predators if they’ve got a shot at breeding.

    Researchers have revealed the nuanced calculations that purple-crowned fairy-wrens make when deciding to defend other...

    Birds July 24, 2021
  • Clever cockatoos have learned to open kerb-side bins — and it has global significance

    Move over, bin chickens: bin cockies are here, and scientists say they’re confirming the cultural...

    John Martin, University of Sydney; Barbara Klump, Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, and Lucy Aplin, University...

    Birds July 23, 2021
  • New birds outshine old birds in New Zealand

    Predation and deforestation are impacting deep endemic species more than newer avian arrivals.

    Older native Aotearoa New Zealand birds may be more threatened with decline than younger species, a new report publis...

    Birds July 6, 2021
  • Robins’ eyes may have in-built ‘compass’

    Researchers identify protein in the eye of a robin that’s sensitive to Earth’s magnetic field

    Migratory birds have an uncanny ability to orient themselves, finding their way across sometimes thousands of kilomet...

    Birds June 24, 2021
  • Orange-bellied parrots fly free

    Several successes for the critically endangered migratory parrots – one spotted in historic feedi...

    Bird enthusiasts in South Australia’s Coorong region have just spotted an orange-bellied parrot, and heard another on...

    Birds June 14, 2021
  • Putting a price on undiscovered Australian species

    The mission to map Australia’s biodiversity will bring big economic benefits.

    What’s the monetary value of our wildlife? Pretty high, according to Deloitte Access Economics, which has just releas...

    Birds June 2, 2021
  • Duetting wrens sing with telepathic link

    Sound cues cause brain inhibition when it isn’t their turn to sing.

    The great duetters in history may have had more than just musical chemistry: for songbirds, there could even be a lin...

    Birds June 1, 2021
  • Learning from temperature-sensitive bird species

    Studying their response to climate change could help other birds.

    Ethiopia’s White-tailed Swallow and Bush-crow bird species are unique vulnerability to rising temperatures around the...

    Birds May 20, 2021
  • There are about 50 billion birds alive today

    Data from a massive citizen science project is used to estimate global bird numbers.

    An Australian study has set out to measure the number of birds worldwide, returning an estimate of 50 billion – altho...

    Birds May 18, 2021
  • 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
  • You may have missed...

    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
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