Bird

  • New birds outshine old birds in New Zealand

    Predation and deforestation are impacting deep endemic species more than newer avian arrivals.

    Older native Aotearoa New Zealand birds may be more threatened with decline than younger species, a new report publis...

    Birds July 6, 2021
  • Swift by design, drone by nature

    Ornithopters not just a flight of fancy.

    Hovering, darting, gliding, diving and braking, the fleet-winged contraption in the video below is at the cutting edg...

    News November 27, 2020
  • There’s more than one way to grow a beak

    Madagascar fossil adds new twist to bird evolution.

    A new fossil discovered on the ever-surprising island of Madagascar suggests ancient Mesozoic bird beaks and faces we...

    History November 26, 2020
  • Bird genome project really takes off

    We now know a lot more about the avian tree of life.

    Bird lovers can now rejoice in exploring the genomes of nearly all bird families.About 40% of the newly sequenced...

    Birds November 12, 2020
  • Wind? That’s barely a breeze

    Lily shows how to handle gusty conditions.

    Birds can fly easily in winds that would challenge engineered air vehicles of a similar size, and now Lily the Britis...

    Birds October 22, 2020
  • For birds, innovation is survival

    Study shows novel behaviours lower extinction risk.

    If you’ve ever ventured beyond admiring the assorted dazzling plumages of birds or simply enjoying their symphony of ...

    Birds April 7, 2020
  • Some birds with small brains aren’t that silly

    They simply breed more to survive chaotic cities.

    It’s not just big brains that can give birds a survival advantage in harsh urban environments. Some small-brained bir...

    Birds March 26, 2020
  • Partner Content

    What happens to wildlife after bushfires?

    Key discoveries in how wildlife restores itself after bushfires.

    The area surrounding bushfires dictates what species survive and which thrive afterwards, an Australian study finds. ...

    Animals May 3, 2019
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hidden feather patterns tell the story of birds

    Like the annual growth rings of trees, birds’ feathers lay down growth bars during their moult.

    Shown as bright orange and pink highlights under X-ray fluorescent light, birds incorporate metals like zinc and brom...

    Biology June 26, 2017
  • Bird beak evolution traced

    Clever use of crowdsourcing has resulted in greater insight.

    Few beaks are more distinctive as the toucan's (Ramphastos sulfuratus pictured here). Now the rapid evolution of bird...

    Biology February 1, 2017
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