• Noisy silence

    Study suggests NZ pest-control regime has little impact on birds.

    New Zealand’s use of toxic aerial baits to rid the islands of invasive mammal predators has attracted claims that for...

    Birds February 5, 2021
  • NatureWrap: New to the tree of life

    Plus two clever birds and tips on hibernating.

    Pictured above is Hippocampus nalu, Africa's first and only-known pygmy seahorse and one of 213 newly described plant...

    Animals December 12, 2020
  • Tropical birds evolved slowly

    Are biodiversity hotspots ‘coldspots’ for new species?

    Scientists have uncovered a surprising paradox in species evolution: birds in tropical hotspots evolved much more slo...

    Birds December 11, 2020
  • 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
  • Songs, sounds and the life of birds

    They remember their tunes but are disrupted by our noise.

    Birds’ affinity for sound has its upsides and downsides, it seems. On the one hand, scientists have found that zeb...

    Birds November 14, 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
  • Delicate balance in the Falklands

    Threat to seabirds is a threat to the ecosystem.

    Seabird droppings helped shape the delicately balanced ecosystem of the Falkland Islands, which is in danger of abrup...

    Earth October 24, 2020
  • Citizen Science

    Aussie Backyard Bird Count takes flight

    Join in on one of Australia’s largest citizen science events.

    In celebration of National Bird Week, Australia’s largest annual citizen science event has kicked off, running until ...

    Citizen Science October 22, 2020
  • A bird’s life in the changing tropics

    Studies examine climate change impact and response.

    Two new studies in the journal Nature Climate Change highlight the delicate balance birds face in trying to survive g...

    Birds August 25, 2020
  • Bird skulls evolved surprisingly slowly

    Things tapered off after the extinction of the dinosaurs.

    It’s quite remarkable that emus, pelicans, hummingbirds, hawks and woodpeckers are all part of the same class of anim...

    Evolution August 19, 2020
  • Birds don’t sleep well in the city

    Study measures neurological responses to light pollution.

    We continue to learn more about the damaging impact of light pollution. Most recently, an Australian study – the f...

    Birds July 24, 2020
  • Birds adapting to climate change

    Study finds that timing breeds resilience.

    Changing weather patterns are playing havoc with nature’s ecosystems. We’re seeing such things as plants flowering in...

    Birds July 21, 2020
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