Old bones get pigeons back in the air
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. ...
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...
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...
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 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...
These birds form complex societies
And that’s despite not having particularly large brains.
The gregarious, small-brained vulturine guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum) forms complex, multi-level societies, accor...
Darker eggs have their purpose
Colour helps with survival in more ways than one.
An egg’s ability to maintain temperature within strict limits is critical to the survival of a developing bird embryo...
Birds wing it in many ways
Their movement, not shape, determines flight behaviour.
Some of the wings from Vancouver’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum used in the study: (top to bottom) gyrfalcon (Falco rust...
Meet the loudest bird in the world
In the Amazon, the amps are turned up to 11.
The male white bellbird (Procnias albus), which lives atop mountains in the Amazon region of northern Brazil, is – fo...
Rare breeding behaviour in Californian bird
The phainopepla migrates across vastly different habitats.
GPS data suggests that Phainopeplas breed in two different locations each year. They would be only the third bird sp...
Bird mating habits challenge evolution
Nest parasites breed as a matter of principle.
A seven-year US study into the mating habits of a parasitic bird has confirmed one evolutionary theory and contradict...
The decline of nature’s song
New study signals ‘a widespread ecological crisis’.
North American bird populations have declined by 29% since 1970, according to a report published in Science. The los...