• Songbirds show flexibility learning tunes

    It could shed insights into human speech development.

    Young songbirds can learn tunes from another species, according to new research, and the underlying neural processes ...

    Birds August 12, 2019
  • Can you stare down a seagull?

    Taking the initiative may save your lunch.

    Staring at seagulls makes them less likely to steal your food, a new study – and these videos – suggest. When resear...

    Birds August 7, 2019
  • 50 million years needed for NZ’s birds to recover

    When whole lineages go extinct, what are the impacts?

    The kakapo or owl parrot (Strigops habroptilus) is one of the bird species endemic to New Zealand. Andrew Digby / C...

    Birds August 5, 2019
  • Unhatched chicks warn each other of danger

    Inside their shells, they are picking up bad vibrations.

    Eggs of a yellow-legged gull, possibly swapping vibrations. Santiago Urquijo / Getty Images Baby birds still in th...

    Birds July 22, 2019
  • Birds on Twitter

    Social media users track species movement.

    Social media has helped researchers discover 55 animal species they say have been forced to more to or around the UK ...

    Birds July 18, 2019
  • Best foot forward

    Ancient bird had a giant toe.

    If you think this ancient bird has odd looking feet, you’re right.Chinese researchers have discovered that Elektororn...

    Birds July 12, 2019
  • Hawks hold clues to rogue rogue drones

    Raptor attack modes has implications for aerial defence.

    To help design good drones that can intercept bad drones, scientists have taken a close look at the way hawks attack ...

    Birds June 13, 2019
  • Egg temperatures govern the way chicks walk

    Incubation settings have large effects on motor control.

    Small and short variations in the temperature of incubating eggs can have significant developmental effects on the re...

    Birds June 11, 2019
  • A French delicacy being eaten to death

    Eating ortolans is 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
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