Birds

  • Aussies urged to backyard birdwatch

    Survey aims to chart wildlife in urban areas.

    With spring around the corner in the Southern Hemisphere, Australian researchers are urging you to venture outside an...

    Birds September 11, 2018
  • Spying on pretty flamingos

    What do captive birds do when the zoo is closed?

    What do zoo animals get up to when the gates are closed and the visitors and staff gone home? It’s an entrancing que...

    Birds September 11, 2018
  • Starlings go tweet

    Twitter could be useful in monitoring animal behaviour.

    Forget Big Brother – it turns out Big Scientist is watching you, but it’s all in the name of ecological research. In...

    Birds September 9, 2018
  • Parrots play the odds when making decisions

    Macaws can delay gratification to maximise reward.

    When it comes to delaying gratification for greater reward, parrots compare well with chimpanzees and out-perform cap...

    Birds August 27, 2018
  • Macaws blush to communicate

    Parrot language is more complicated than thought.

    The large New World parrots known as macaws are known to be incredibly talkative, but it turns out they also communic...

    Birds August 26, 2018
  • Dodo relative lived in New Zealand

    A fossil dove was a close relative of the iconic pigeon.

    The dodo’s family tree has gained another member:  the Zealandian dove. Researchers have described a new species of ...

    Birds August 23, 2018
  • For cliff-dwelling birds, pointy eggs are best

    Egg shape and physics are critical for survival of species.

    A study confirms that for cliff-nesting birds, pointy eggs are best. Common murres or guillemots (Uria aalge) are sm...

    Birds August 22, 2018
  • Some chickens really are peculiar

    Poultry shows more skull size variation than ancestors.

    It’s official. Crested chickens – those breeds which sport mop-tops and always look like they’ve been to a hairdresse...

    Birds August 12, 2018
  • Island life gives birds bigger brains

    Clever individuals do best in restricted environments.

    Birds that live on oceanic islands have larger brains than their relatives on the mainland, new research shows. And t...

    Birds August 1, 2018
  • Australian raptors start fires to flush out prey

    The first recorded instance of fire being used by animals other than humans.

    Australian Aboriginal lore is replete with references to birds carrying fire, and some traditional ceremonies even de...

    Birds January 12, 2018
  • The beauty of ecology

    Stunning images celebrating both scientific and photographic skills.

    At first glance this photograph of Heron Reef, in the southernmost section of the Great Barrier Reef, looks somewhat ...

    Biology August 18, 2017
  • Why are crows so smart?

    In fact as smart as a seven-year-old human.

    They can recognise faces, use tools – even drop nuts on a road for cars to crack (then pick them up with the safety o...

    Birds March 9, 2016
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