Birds

A Penguin Meant for Flying

This tuxedoed carry-on luggage set takes animalistic inspiration, ironically, from everyone’s favorite flightless bird – the penguin! In stark white …

Penguins

We must stop seabird numbers falling off a cliff. After all, we’re to blame

Just as science is understanding the extraordinary lives of puffins and shearwaters, we are destroying them. And climate change may finish what we started<p>About 70,000 tonnes of seabird are now afloat or on the wing off the shores of the British Isles. This biomass – roughly the same as Salisbury …

Southern Ocean

Laughing Gulls, New York’s Handsome Scavengers

To many residents of New York, a gull is a gull is a gull — birds that occupy a niche just ahead of rats and roaches in the hierarchy of city wildlife.<p>But there is much to appreciate about gulls, and their complex behaviors are reason enough to observe them more thoughtfully. Though they may …

New York City

Birding for Beginners

New York City kids are more likely to recognize the sound of a city bus than the tune of a bird song. But Noah Burg, who leads the Museum’s seasonal …

Natural History

Snowy plover chick hatches on Oregon beach

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Western snowy plover chick that hatched on an Oregon beach this spring is the first of its species to emerge successfully in that area in more than 50 years and provides hope that a management plan for the federally threatened species is working, wildlife officials said …

Animals

A bird in the hand — or not: Do's and don'ts for would-be rescuers of chirping chicks

Finding a stranded baby bird can be a 'panic-inducing emergency situation', says Calgary wildlife expert<p>The sound of chirping chicks signals the …

Wildlife

Help for Oakland’s favorite birds, the black-crowned night-herons

<b>DEAR JOAN:</b> You recently wrote a bit about snowy egrets in an urban nesting site. Can you tell us something about the night-herons that are well …

San Francisco Bay Area

Bird Feeder Cleaning Tips for Happy and Healthy | How to Gardening Tips, Patio Ideas & Tool Reviews

likeaduck|flickr.com<p>likeaduck|flickr.com<p>Reference: Bird Feeder Cleaning | From the Ground Up<p>So, as the weather warms, not only are we starting to …

Gardening

The real reason why flamingos stand on one leg

There are plenty of good reasons why flamingos are so famous. Their pink plumage is hard to ignore, of course, but so are those stilt-like legs and …

Lifestyle

Lovelorn penguin tries his flipper at online dating

@PlentyOfFish is helping Spruce, the penguin find his mate for life by setting up his own dating profile https://t.co/1jA6wFjbu7 @vanaqua …

Penguins

Foster owl takes fluffy, orphaned owlet under its wing

A fluffy, five-week-old orphaned baby owlet is getting a second chance at survival thanks to the help of a rescue centre in B.C. and the guidance of …

Canadian News

Get Your Bird House Ready for Winter

After the breeding season ends and birds have migrated, it is time to winterize your bird houses so they will stay safe and suitable for the next …

Home Improvement

Science Finally Discovered Why Flamingos Stand on 1 Leg

Flamingos are known for their one-legged perch, but researchers think they've finally figured out how and why they do it.<p>The balancing act requires …

Science

This is the real reason flamingos stand on one leg

It’s counter-intuitive, but flamingos stand on one leg because it’s a more stable position for them, a new study has found.<p>When perched on one leg, …

Lifestyle

How Demands of Female Birds Changed the DNA of a Species

Darwin’s finches, those little birds in the Galápagos with beaks of different sizes and shapes, were instrumental in the development of the theory of evolution.<p>Similar birds had large and small beaks and beaks in between, all related to what kinds of insects and seeds they ate. From one ancestor, …

Evolution

Wild crows seem to obey 'do not enter' signs

Crows can't read, but the signs have still apparently curbed their habit of stealing insulation material from a university building in Japan.<p>Crows …

Lifestyle

Scientists balanced a dead flamingo on one leg to unlock the bird's standing secret

Flamingos can stand on one leg for far longer than humans can. They can even do it while asleep. Now scientists have shed some more light on just how …

Petite parrots provide insight into early flight

When it comes to hopping between branches, tiny parrots try only as hard as they need to. The finding comes from high-speed video taken to measure …

Animals

Colorful Birds Of The World

As an artist I spend a great deal of time contemplating the nature of color. What makes you walk past one flower but stop and stare at another? Why …

Inspiration

Mystery bird feeder causing Regent's Park's herons to inbreed, leading to deformed chicks

Herons in London's Regent's Park are inbreeding because a mystery bird feeder is discouraging them from migrating by feeding them large amounts of curried rice.<p>Police are tracking down the culprit, who has been dumping piles of curried rice in Regent's Park.<p>As a result of not migrating, the herons …

London

Proposed 2018 Federal Budget Leaves Little Room for Birds or Conservation

Last night, the Trump administration released its long-awaited budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 and, as expected, it features sweeping cuts to …

Environment

Spatial variation in abundance | BTO - British Trust for Ornithology

<b>Maps are very useful to identify where particular species may or may not be found, and how their distributions may have changed through time. Here,</b> …

Ecology

UAF named its bird lab after this man. Now he’s guilty of bird smuggling.

A renowned bird collector whose name was adopted by the University of Alaska for its ornithology lab in Fairbanks pleaded guilty in federal court …

Corruption

Birdwatchers make 'probable' rediscovery of elusive night parrot in Central Australia

Central Australian birdwatchers say they have detected the elusive night parrot in the red centre, recording audio of the bird for the first time in …

This Story About A Penguin Falling In Love With An Anime Cutout Is An Oscar-Worthy Love Story

The love story shaking the Humboldt penguin world.<p>Posted on May 22, 2017, 14:46 GMT<p>A Humboldt penguin at Tobu Zoo in Miyashiro, Japan, has caused a stir on social media by apparently being in love with an anime character cutout.<p>東武動物公園提供 / Via Twitter: @tobuzoo7<p>Grape's love became known when he …

Penguins

How Grebes Build Floating Nests That Keep Their Eggs High and Dry

<i>This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of The National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations</i> …

Podcasting

Children should be taught to look death in the face – or the feathers

For birds it’s fledging season, which gives us the ideal opportunity to educate our own young on this sticky subject – if only we were less squeamish<p>Every evening, when the traffic dies down, blackbirds perch in all the high trees in my neighbourhood and fill the air with an uplifting, …

2017 Nebula Awards: All the Birds in the Sky, Every Heart a Doorway, and more!

The Science Fiction Writers of America have announced the 2017 Nebula Award winners, including two of my favorite books of 2016: Charlie Jane …

Science Fiction

Edmonton family launches into rescue mode after discovering baby robin on doorstep

But many may not know regulations prohibit moving most nests with eggs or babies<p>Katy Splane and her family couldn't believe their eyes when they saw …

Babies

Far Cry 5 wildlife: What animals from the wilds of Montana might players encounter?

Some of the animals you might encounter/strap C4 to in Ubisoft's upcoming sequel.<p>Ubisoft has confirmed that upcoming open world shooter Far Cry 5 …

Wildlife