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Turkeys with toys facing Christmas with a smile
"Turkeys can be aggressive birds and they do quite a bit of damage with their beaks," said animal behaviour researcher Michael Forbes. "By reducing this pecking we are improving the welfare of farmed birds, which should then increase consumer confidence in the way turkeys are reared." Over ten million turkeys are destined for British dinner plates this Christmas. Most are farmed in a series of... View News Article (1999-12-06)

West Nile Virus infections detected in Britain
A paper in the Journal of General Virology reveals that evidence of West Nile virus infections has been found in birds in Britain, according to a team of scientists led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) at Oxford. There are no known cases of human infection and no disease reported in birds. Dr Ernie Gould and colleagues believe that West Nile virus is present and being effectively... View News Article (2003-07-18)

Birds Call to Warn Friends and Enemies
Birds' alarm calls serve both to alert other birds to danger and to warn off predators. View News Article (2009-12-04)

Feathered friends are far from bird-brained when building nests
Nest-building is not just instinctive but is a skill that birds learn from experience, research suggests. View News Article (2011-09-26)

Flighty yet mighty
Those heading to the moors on August 12 may not be aware they are pitting their guns against the most powerful muscles on the planet. Leeds researcher Dr Graham Askew has calculated the muscle power generated by game birds such as quail, pheasant and grouse when taking flight, and found it to be the highest measured in any animal. Game birds only fly to escape predators, so their muscles are... View News Article (2003-08-11)

Northern birds are fatter!
"The further birds migrate north for the summer, the faster they put on weight", says Dr Williams (Simon Fraser University, Canada) who has been tracking migrating birds for several years. View News Article (2006-04-04)

Salmonella in garden birds responsive to antibiotics
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that Salmonella bacteria found in garden birds are sensitive to antibiotics, suggesting that the infection is unlike the bacteria found in livestock and humans. View News Article (2008-06-03)

Migrating birds chill to fatten up
Marathon runners are famed for pasta packing in the days before a big run but when tiny passerine birds set out on their epic migrations, the distances are too great to cover on the energy reserves with which they embark. View News Article (2009-09-11)

6.8 million birds die each year at communication towers
More than 6 million birds die every year as they migrate from the United States and Canada to Central and South America, according to a new study published Apr. 25 in the open access journal PLoS ONE.  View News Article (2012-04-26)

The magnetic compass of birds is affected by polarized light -- PNAS study
The magnetic compass that birds use for orientation is affected by polarised light. This previously unknown phenomenon was discovered by researchers at Lund University in Sweden. View News Article (2016-01-27)

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