Birds

  • For birds, innovation is survival

    Study shows novel behaviours lower extinction risk.

    If you’ve ever ventured beyond admiring the assorted dazzling plumages of birds or simply enjoying their symphony of ...

    Nature April 7, 2020
  • Some birds with small brains aren’t that silly

    They simply breed more to survive chaotic cities.

    It’s not just big brains that can give birds a survival advantage in harsh urban environments. Some small-brained bir...

    Birds March 26, 2020
  • ‘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...

    Birds March 19, 2020
  • 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 ...

    Birds March 8, 2020
  • 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...

    Birds March 3, 2020
  • 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 February 26, 2020
  • 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...

    Birds February 18, 2020
  • 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
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