• 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 of 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
  • Carrion baggage

    A bird swoops, a shutter clicks.

    A striated caracra (Phalcoboenus australis) swoops down on the exposed remains of an orca, buried under the shifting ...

    Birds December 11, 2018
  • Parrots forced into unnatural behaviour

    Predation is turning birds promiscuous.

    A chronic shortage of females is causing a social system breakdown in a critically endangered Australian parrot, forc...

    Birds December 6, 2018
  • Tap-dancing songbirds love an audience

    One species dances like no one’s watching.

    The courting rituals of at least one species of bird change in relation to who’s watching, research shows. Would y...

    Birds October 3, 2018
  • Bird flu switches from chickens to ducks

    Unexpected mutations enable pathogen to adopt a new host.

    The H7N9 pathogen that triggered the 2013 global bird flu pandemic has pivoted away from chickens and has now colonis...

    Birds September 27, 2018
  • 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
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