Beta bower birds bonk by beating bullies
Iconic birds show innovative ways of competing against males.
It is rarely advisable to anthropomorphise the behaviour of non-human animals, but in the case of socially dominant m...
Hummingbirds may not hear themselves
Discovery of a species that calls at a pitch higher than others.
Hummingbirds in the Brazilian forest are singing to one another at a higher frequency than the known hearing range of...
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 ...