Birds

  • Dodos might be dead but they weren't dumb

    New study suggests we maligned the extinct animal, which was at least as smart as a pigeon. Bill ...

    A museum employee looks at a Dodo in display at the 'Extinction: Not the End of the World?' exhibition at The Natural...

    Social Sciences February 26, 2016
  • Book: Cuckoo – Cheating by nature

    Bill Condie reviews an evolutionary detective story.

    NON FICTION Cuckoo: Cheating by Nature By Nick Davies Bloomsbury (2015) At first glance, 257 pages may seem rather m...

    Biology July 20, 2015
  • Pressure on Aussie wildlife grows

    The Kookaburra threatened with extinction.

    Scientists and politicians gather in Melbourne, Australia, today to discuss the country's threatened plants and anima...

    Biology July 16, 2015
  • Turbine blades inspired by owls

    Engineers are adopting features of owls to silence turbine blades.

    The owl's wing feathers are uniquely adapted for noiseless flight. – Universal Images Group/Getty Images One moment...

    Physics July 13, 2015
  • The rare birds being loved to extinction

    In Southeast Asia, demand for caged songbirds is decimating wild populations. By Richard Conniff.

    It’s sometimes said that we are loving nature to death – with our sightseeing traffic jams for bison loitering in Yel...

    Climate June 29, 2015
  • Thornbills cry wolf in many voices

    Thornbills protect their chicks by mimicking the distressed calls of other species. By Yi-Di Ng.

    Nesting birds might not outmuscle many predators, but they can outwit them – as the brown thornbill of southeast Aust...

    Social Sciences June 15, 2015
  • Book: The passenger pigeon

    How a bird that once numbered in billions became extinct.

    Some years back, after a fruitless day spent up to my waist in a chilly Scottish river, I was sipping a restorative m...

    Biology March 30, 2015
  • The secret signal in a peacock's tail

    Tail feathers used to emit an extremely low-pitched sound.

    The peacock’s shimmering blue and green tail plumage is one of the most dazzling sights in the animal kingdom – and t...

    Biology March 30, 2015
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