Birds

  • 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. ...

    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
  • 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...

    Birds November 4, 2019
  • 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 October 28, 2019
  • 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...

    Birds October 24, 2019
  • 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...

    Birds October 21, 2019
  • 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...

    Birds October 15, 2019
  • 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...

    Birds September 30, 2019
  • 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...

    Birds September 19, 2019
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