Birds

  • A French delicacy being eaten to death

    Eating ortolans is a French tradition but pushing the species to extinction.

    Illegal and unregulated hunting of a tiny migratory songbird, the ortolan bunting (Emberiza hortulana), a coveted Fre...

    Birds May 22, 2019
  • Plantation blues

    Rare species found living in a coffee crop.

    This is an image of the only known specimen of the super-rare male turquoise cotinga (Cotinga ridgwayi) ever to have ...

    Birds May 1, 2019
  • Hey there, bright eyes

    Indonesia’s bird species count increases by two.

    Zoologists have discovered two gorgeous previously unknown bird species in the Wakatobi Archipelago of Sulawesi, Indo...

    Birds April 24, 2019
  • Bye-bye birdies

    Scientists close in on why birds crash into buildings.

    Flying and talking at the same time has been revealed as an exceptionally dangerous combination, at least for nocturn...

    Birds April 4, 2019
  • Mother birds live longer with help from friends

    Females who raise chicks cooperatively age slower than others.

    Help at the nest means a longer life for mother Seychelles warblers, research reveals. Mothers who have help raising...

    Birds March 25, 2019
  • Table manners, vulture style

    An impressive Old World griffon vulture in the wild.

    The griffon vulture (Gyps fulvus) is a large Old World vulture in the bird of prey family Accipitridae. It is also kn...

    Birds March 12, 2019
  • Origins of giant extinct bird traced to Africa

    Avian predator is related to tiny South African feathered cuties.

    Five years after the relationship between New Zealand’s kiwi and the extinct Madagascan elephant birds was revealed, ...

    Birds February 24, 2019
  • Rainfall and temperature determine plumage

    Environment determines compounds that make bright feathers.

    In most bird species, brown and black feather colours are composed of melanin, and the orange, yellow, and red ones a...

    Birds February 14, 2019
  • New clues to perching evolution

    Early passerine adds to sparse fossil record.

    Eofringillirostrum boudreauxi perched on branches and likely ate seeds. Both were unusual behaviours at the time. Cre...

    Birds February 7, 2019
  • UV light may help birds navigate forests

    Amplifying contrast makes leaves stand out more clearly.

    It’s not only beauty that varies with the eye of the beholder. Unlike humans, birds can detect ultraviolet (UV) light...

    Birds January 22, 2019
  • For budgies brains beat brawn in mating game

    Female birds prefer suitors that demonstrate clever behaviour.

    There’s interesting dating news from China. Brains beat looks in attracting birds. If you’re also a bird. Possibly. ...

    Birds January 10, 2019
  • The most potent symbol of our time? The chicken

    Modern broilers are a wholly technology-dependent species.

    Chickens are the actual and symbolic product of humanity’s influence on the planet, scientists have established. The...

    Birds December 12, 2018
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