Birds

  • 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...

    Birds March 8, 2018
  • 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...

    Birds March 6, 2018
  • 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...

    Birds February 7, 2018
  • 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...

    Birds February 4, 2018
  • 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...

    Birds January 24, 2018
  • 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...

    Birds January 23, 2018
  • 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 January 22, 2018
  • 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...

    Birds January 22, 2018
  • 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...

    Birds January 17, 2018
  • 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...

    Birds January 12, 2018
  • 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...

    Birds January 10, 2018
  • 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 ...

    Biology August 18, 2017
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