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Bird genomes contain 'fossils' of parasites that now infect humans

Dr. Alexander Suh at Uppsala University is an expert on the small stretches of DNA that tend to jump from one place to another, called transposable …

Birds use language like humans, joining calls together to form sentences

Birds form complex sentences by joining calls together to create new meanings, scientists have found<p>Birds use language like humans, joining specific ‘chirrups’ together to form complex sentences – the first creature that has ever been shown to do so.<p>Scientists have known for some time that animals …

Bird Cams FAQ: California Condor Nest

Answers to your questions about the California Condor nest. If you’re looking for the answer to a specific question, type control-F (command-F on a …

Can you guess where these penguin species live?

Question 1 of 10<p>Score: 0<p>Photo: Sergey Uryadnikov/Shutterstock<p>Question 2 of 10<p>Score: 0<p>Photo: Alfie Photography/Shutterstock<p>Question 3 of 10<p>Score: …

Biological Species

Stanford Builds A Wind Tunnel For Birds And Drones

Learning from how birds handle turbulence<p>Birds are pros at flying through the artificial canyons that gape between buildings in big cities. The unpredictable turbulence and close quarters can spell disaster for drones, though. To better understand how birds adapt to that sort of changing air flow, …

Tagging Adorable, Nasty Little Penguins: #bestjobever

Changing Planet<p>The world has had a love affair with penguins for some time now. Their tuxedo-colored feathers, waddling walk, and awkward mannerisms make them easy to adore. But get too close to penguins—chinstrap penguins in particular—and your endearing perception of these birds may be tested, …

Traffic Report, Northeastern US: 13-20 April 2016

Welcome to this installment of BirdCast Traffic Reports, posts describing northeastern US nocturnal bird migration traffic rates, as calculated from …

Seed clue to how birds survived mass extinction

<b>Modern birds owe their survival to ancestors who were able to peck on seeds after the meteor that wiped out most dinosaurs, say scientists.</b><p>Bird-like dinosaurs with toothless beaks survived the "nuclear winter" that followed the meteor strike, because of their diet, a study says.<p>The impact altered …

Birds

Why Black Larks Build Poop Fortresses

A few years ago, ecologist JohannesKamp was on the Kazakh steppe studying the breeding ecology of the Black Lark. While searching for the birds’ …

Birds

Wildfires are an unexpected threat to California condors

The California condor should never have been named the “California” condor. The largest bird in North America could once be found scavenging across …

Birds

On Draw A Bird Day, you know what to do

The unofficial holiday is celebrated worldwide on April 8, and after you read the story behind it, you're going to want to draw one.<p>Whether you have …

Drawing

An Island Icon Threatened with Extinction

Changing Planet<p>After flying 50 degrees of latitude from the subantarctic to the equator, I am back on Fernando de Noronha, following in the footsteps of Hōkūleʻa who just departed. Here I find the icon of Fernando de Noronha, the tropic bird, emblazoned on tourism material, is gradually going …

This bird perfectly mimics chainsaws, camera shutters and more

The superb lyrebird is known for its exceptional skill at mimicry, and captive birds have been able to mimic a range of human-made sounds.<p>The superb …

Primates

Reed Warblers operate 'neighbourhood watch' to stop cuckoos invading nests

Reed warblers face an ongoing battle to prevent cuckoos laying eggs in their nests<p>Reed Warblers operate a ‘neighbourhood watch’ system to alert fellow birds to the threat of cuckoos.<p>Cuckoos are one of the biggest threats to reed warblers because they secretly lay their own eggs in the warbler …

Why are these wild albatross chicks sitting in flower pots?

It may seem a strange scene, with 50 fluffy albatross sitting inside flower pots and decoy adults scattered around them. It's looks like something …

Birds

Meet the Bird Brainiacs: Eurasian Jay

<b>​Editor's Note:</b> Members of the crow family, known as the corvids, are among the smartest birds in the world. Some are capable of using tools, playing …

Birds

Antarctic Birds Can Recognize And Hold Grudges Against Specific Humans

They say an elephant never forgets, although new research suggests the same may be true of some Antarctic birds, which apparently have the ability to …

Meet spring's biggest fan: The Japanese white-eye

Photo: Hirohito Takada/Shutterstock<p>A sweet little bird with a big sweet tooth, the Japanese white-eye seems to be as prominent during springtime in …

Birds

Apps for the Smart Birder — Which One Should You Use?

March 21, 2016: This post was updated by the author to include three new app reviews and updated information on old ones.<p>Need an app that helps you …

Why some birds let their chicks starve to death while others nurture their weakest

The reason why some birds let their smaller chicks starve to death while others spend greater resources on nurturing the weakest has been discovered. …

Adorable birds tap dance their way into the heart of a mate

Blue-capped cordon-bleu songbirds not only sing, but also tap dance to woo mates, study reveals.

Dyed Easter chicks create controversy

Hatchery owners say dyeing the birds is harmless and festive, but animal advocates argue that it turns the chicks into novelty items.<p>Dyeing eggs has …

Fort Lauderdale

White blood cell found in birds 'can destroy fatal infection'

<b>A specialised white blood cell found in birds can destroy an infection thought to cause hundreds of thousands of human deaths a year, scientists claim.</b><p>Cryptococcus neoformans is a fungus that can cause a fatal infection in people with weakened immune systems - particularly those with advanced …

University of Sheffield

Penguins’ Not-So-Adorable Contribution to Life in Antarctica

<b>9 a.m. local time, March 14, 2016, Post #3</b><p>A flurry of snowflakes swirls past in the cold morning air—at least they look like snow—but I soon realize they’re actually penguin feathers, lofted by wind from the colony of stinky birds nesting a few yards away.<p>It is late summer on Danco Island, a small …

How Does a Cowbird Learn To Be a Cowbird?

When a Brown-headed Cowbird hatches from its egg, an identity crisis seems inevitable. Cowbirds are brood parasites, meaning that rather than raise …

Red on 3D-printed spiders scares birds but not bugs - Futurity

Fake spiders painted to look like black widows show how they're able to scare off predators without tipping off prey.

Spiders

Penguin Swims 2,000 Miles Every Year To Hang Out With Man Who Saved His Life

In 2011, a Brazilian man found a Magellanic penguin dripping with oil and starving by his home on an island near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After …

Injured Stork Walks Again Thanks to 3D Printed Leg Braces From Mass Portal

When you picture a stork, the first thing you probably think of are its long, slender, delicate legs. The tall waterfowl depend on those long legs …

Singing in the brain: Songbirds sing like humans: A songbirds' vocal muscles work like human speakers, singers

A songbirds' vocal muscles work like human speakers, singers<p>Research on Bengalese finches showed that each of their vocal muscles can change its …

Birds

A bald eagle serial killer at large in Maryland after 13 birds found dead

Bald eagles are synonymous with America, a symbol of the country’s history and hope. Yet 13 of these majestic birds have died in what is being called …

Birds