Social birds are smarter birds
Social complexity may be driver for evolution of intelligence.
The Australian magpie is helping biologists understand the evolution of intelligence, with a new study finding that b...
Woodpeckers sustain brain damage
Study finds protein associated with concussion and dementia.
Woodpeckers may be getting brain damage from pecking wood, which adds intriguing possibilities to their role as a mod...
Warmer temperatures cause birds to shrink
Maximum temperatures a big influence on body size.
The common house sparrow (Passer domesticus) hopping about your feet at a cafe or train station may provide clues int...
Seabirds excrete 690 million kg of poo yearly
Birds make significant but overlooked contributions.
So, here’s a question for your next trivia quiz night: What is the weight of the nitrogen content of total global sea...
Crows use hooked tools
Research finds crows make hooks to gain more food in less time.
The manufacture and use of tools has long been touted as a line of demarcation between humans and non-human animals: ...
Birds yearn for the bright lights of cities
Data reveals migratory flocks head for inner urban roosts.
For many species of migratory birds, it seems that the lure of bright lights and big cities might be too difficult to...
Hawaiian exotics show genetic drift
Invasive species lends understanding to evolutionary process.
An invasive bird population in Hawaii provides a window into genetic drift – evolutionary changes typically seen over...
Australian raptors start fires to flush out prey
The first recorded instance of fire being used by animals.
Australian Aboriginal lore is replete with references to birds carrying fire, and some traditional ceremonies even de...
Ultra black bird
This bird’s feathers remain black even when coated in gold.
This black feather from a Paradise Riflebird (Ptiloris paradiseus) still appears ultra black even when coated with go...
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...