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Scientists discover that Hawai'i is not an evolutionary dead end for marine life
Researchers at the Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), an organized research unit in the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology have demonstrated that Hawaii is not an evolutionary dead end for marine species. (2011-07-01)
Rainforest birds keep dying out long after logging stops
Fragmented rainforests can keep losing biodiversity for a century, according to new research in the October issue of Conservation Biology. (1999-09-29)
Threatened birds may be rarer than geographic range maps suggest
Geographic range maps that allow conservationists to estimate the distribution of birds may vastly overestimate the actual population size of threatened species and those with specific habitats, according to a study published online this week in the journal Conservation Biology. (2007-12-10)
Smithsonian scientists use fossil feathers reveal lineage of extinct, flightless ibis
A remarkable first occurred recently at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History when ornithologists Carla Dove and Storrs Olson used 700- to 1,100-year-old feathers from a long extinct species of Hawaiian ibis to help determine the bird's place in the ibis family tree. (2011-11-22)
The world's largest canary
Biologists at Lund University, together with their colleagues from Portugal and the UK, have now proven that the endangered São Tomé grosbeak is the world's largest canary -- 50 percent larger than the runner-up. (2017-06-21)
Biodiversity conservation - no guarantee for shortcuts
New research from scientists at the University of Sheffield published in the November issue of Ecology Letters has cast doubts on the widely held 'rule of thumb' that the conservation of a country's biodiversity can be guaranteed by focusing on protecting its threatened and endemic species. (2002-10-30)
Cornell and Land Trust Alliance partner to protect birds on private land
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Land Trust Alliance are partnering to help protect birds on private lands. (2016-07-07)
Squirrels listen in to birds' conversations as signal of safety
Grey squirrels eavesdrop on the chatter between nearby songbirds as a sign of safety, according to a paper by Marie Lilly and colleagues at Oberlin College in the United States, publishing Sept. (2019-09-04)
Bird tree tells new tale of evolution
Using the world's first family tree linking every known bird species, scientists, including two at Simon Fraser University, have discovered that birds appear to be accelerating their rate of evolution. (2012-11-01)
Bird vaccine for West Nile Virus
University of British Columbia researchers have developed a vaccine to halt the spread of West Nile Virus among common and endangered bird species. (2013-07-09)
Hitch-hiking with birds for life
Although chewing lice spend their entire lives as parasites on birds, it is difficult to predict patterns of lice distribution, new research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, reveals. (2012-05-14)
West Nile virus killing millions more birds than previously thought, UCLA researchers find
West Nile virus is killing millions more birds and affecting many more bird species than previously thought, according to new research from a multi-university team of researchers. (2015-11-02)
Working landscapes can support diverse bird species
Privately-owned, fragmented forests in Costa Rica can support as many vulnerable bird species as can nearby nature reserves, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. (2019-06-05)
Ancient birds from North America colonized the South
Scientists studying ancient species migration believe northern birds had the ability to colonize continents that southern species lacked. (2010-07-13)
Illicit crops threaten birds in Colombia
While Colombia has more bird species than any other country worldwide, much of their habitat is also suitable for growing coca and opium poppies. (2002-07-22)
Birds reduce their heating bills in cold climates
The evolution of bird bills is related to climate, according to latest research by the University of Melbourne, Australia, and Brock University, Canada. (2010-06-23)
Primitive birds shared dinosaurs' fate
A new study puts an end to the longstanding debate about how archaic birds went extinct, suggesting they were virtually wiped out by the same meteorite impact that put an end to dinosaurs 65 million years ago. (2011-09-19)
Bird flu vaccine protects people and pets
A single vaccine could be used to protect chickens, cats and humans against deadly flu pandemics, according to an article published in the November issue of the Journal of General Virology. (2008-10-19)
Exploring the avian biodiversity of Africa with different species concepts
A recent debate over the usefulness and relevance of the widely used Biological Species Concept, based on reproductive isolation, versus the Phylogenetic Species Concept, which is centred around identifying the smallest group with common ancestry, has raised concerns that changing nomenclatural foundations might result in the appearance of previously unrecognized patterns of biodiversity. (2005-09-27)
Global survey of urban birds and plants find more diversity than expected
'We were able to build the largest database to date from the largest number of cities, more than 140 on every continent except Antarctica,' the lead author says. (2014-03-11)
From hummingbird to owl: New research decodes bird family tree
A study published in the journal Nature in coordination with Yale University resolved the bird family tree, something that has never been accomplished by scientists. (2015-10-12)
World ranking tracks evoluntionary distinctness of birds
A team of international scientists, including a trio from Simon Fraser University, has published the world's first ranking of evolutionary distinct birds under threat of extinction. (2014-04-10)
Birds going extinct faster due to human activities
Human activities have caused some 500 bird species worldwide to go extinct over the past five centuries, and 21st-century extinction rates likely will accelerate to approximately 10 additional species per year unless societies take action to reverse the trend, according to a new report. (2006-07-05)
African bird shows signs of evil stepdad behavior
An African desert-dwelling male bird favors his biological sons and alienates his stepsons, suggests research published today in Biological Letters. (2016-08-24)
Bird behavior: Biologist finds new, more accurate way of monitoring bird populations
A new method of monitoring bird populations uses the power of statistics to produce more accurate estimates of bird abundance, according to new research by University of Alberta biologists. (2018-08-30)
European birds flock to warming Britain
Rare southern species of birds are on the increase in the British Isles as a result of climatic change. (2008-07-29)
Giant flightless birds were nocturnal and possibly blind
If you encountered an elephant bird today, it would be hard to miss. (2018-10-30)
Researchers investigate decline in South Africa's forest-birds
Forest-dwelling bird species are disappearing from some of South Africa's indigenous forests, with forest birds in the Eastern Cape being the most affected. (2017-02-03)
The shape of a bird's wing determines where it lives
Bird's wings generally become shorter and more rounded the closer they live to the equator. (2016-12-13)
LSU researcher discovers new bird
For almost four years, LSU research associate Daniel Lane was haunted by the memory of an unusual, yellowish bird. (2004-07-12)
Cold is hot in evolution -- UBC researchers debunk belief species evolve faster in tropics
University of British Columbia researchers have discovered that contrary to common belief, species do not evolve faster in warmer climates. (2007-03-15)
Genomic analysis helps in discovery of unusual new bird species from Indonesia
A joint research team from the National University of Singapore and Indonesian Institute of Science has described an unusual new songbird species. (2018-10-23)
Not so eagle eyed: New study reveals why birds collide with man-made objects
From office block windows to power lines and wind turbines, many species of bird are prone to colliding with large man-made objects, many of which appear difficult not to notice to human eyes. (2011-03-16)
NC State study shows bird population estimates are flawed
Most of what we know about bird populations stems from surveys conducted by professional biologists and amateur birdwatchers, but new research from North Carolina State University shows that the data from those surveys may be seriously flawed -- and proposes possible means to resolve the problem. (2008-11-21)
New website can identify birds using photos
In a breakthrough for computer vision and for bird watching, researchers and bird enthusiasts have enabled computers to achieve a task that stumps most humans -- identifying hundreds of bird species pictured in photos. (2015-06-04)
Bird bugs shed new light on malaria infection
A study into bird malaria could provide important clues about the causes of parasite co-infections in animals, including people. (2016-08-31)
LSU part of national Tree of Life effort
Because it possesses the world's largest collection of frozen bird tissues, and because its curators are nationally recognized experts in bird evolution, the LSU Museum of Natural Science is a natural partner in the NSF's efforts to create an avian Tree of Life. (2002-08-27)
Study confirms amphibians' ability to predict changes in biodiversity
Biologists have long suspected that amphibians, whose moist permeable skins make them susceptible to slight changes in the environment, might be good bellwethers for impending alterations in biodiversity during rapid climate change. (2008-10-28)
Birds outside their comfort zone are more vulnerable to deforestation
Members of the same bird species can have dramatically different responses to deforestation depending on where they live, finds a new study. (2019-05-09)
Make your home a home for the birds
The landscaping plants chosen by residents for their yards plays a much greater role in the diversity of native birds in suburban neighborhoods than do the surrounding parks, forest preserves, or streetside trees, say biologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago. (2015-04-09)
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