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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...