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Even modest oil exposure can harm coastal and marine birds
Many birds and other wildlife die following an oil spill, but there are also other potential long-terms effects of oil exposure on animals. (2017-10-12)
Migration ranges of flying birds depend on body size and flight style
The decades-long tracking of flying birds reveals that body size and flight styles determine the scale of birds' migration, as predicted by the aerodynamic theory of bird flight. (2016-10-18)
Dutch barnacle geese have more active immune system than same species in the North
Bird migration is an impressive phenomenon, but why birds often travel huge distances to and from their breeding grounds in the far North is still very unclear. (2014-12-17)
Polly wants a cracker - maybe a big mac, too
It's true that Polly may want a cracker - in fact, she may want some peas and carrots, a tossed salad, rolls and that smoked salmon you were about to chow down on. (2001-01-30)
Device may save seabirds from the dangers of fishing gear
A new Animal Conservation article summarizing 4 years of study found that a device called the Hookpod can help prevent birds from being inadvertently caught by fishermen. (2017-12-20)
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. (2011-09-25)
Birds call to warn friends and enemies
Birds' alarm calls serve both to alert other birds to danger and to warn off predators. (2009-12-03)
Experience with vehicles does not help birds avoid collisions
Researchers suspected that experience with passing vehicles may cause birds to adjust their avoidance responses -- specifically, to increase their flight initiation distances -- to keep from being hit. (2016-10-26)
Scientists use satellites to count endangered birds from space
Albatrosses, one of the most iconic but also one of the most threatened groups of birds on the planet, are difficult to study in part because they breed on some of the world's remotest and most inaccessible islands. (2017-05-04)
Small birds have more efficient wing strokes than bats
Small birds are more energy-efficient than bats when flying. Researchers previously believed this was due to air resistance created by the bats' ears. (2018-02-05)
Birds migrate away from diseases
In a unique study, researchers at Lund University in Sweden have mapped the origins of migratory birds. (2018-04-10)
Head movements by warblers could reveal basis for birds' geomagnetic sense
Researchers have uncovered a major clue to a tantalizing and long-standing mystery: how migratory songbirds sense geomagnetic fields and use this information to orient their flight. (2004-11-08)
More evidence of major global extinctions
In their paper in this week's issue of Science, Regional Extinction Rates of British Butterflies, Birds and Plants, the authors (Note 2) conclude that (2004-03-18)
Birds' eye view is far more colorful than our own
The brilliant colors of birds have inspired poets and nature lovers, but researchers at Yale University and the University of Cambridge say these existing hues represent only a fraction of what birds are capable of seeing. (2011-06-22)
'Nervous' birds take more risks
Scientists have shown that birds with higher stress levels adopt bolder behavior than their normally more relaxed peers in stressful situations. (2007-10-25)
Citizen scientists map the flyways of North American birds
Flyways used by migratory birds as they travel across America have long been a topic of fascination for ornithologists. (2014-05-19)
Researchers uncover details behind dinosaur-era birds' feathers
Scientists have recently discovered a new bohaiornithid bird specimen from the Early Cretaceous Period of China with remarkably preserved feathers. (2016-11-14)
How blood parasites colonize and persist in small island bird populations
A new study highlights the complex factors at play for parasites that infect animal populations residing on small islands. (2014-12-15)
The birds in the Iliad strengthened warriors
The birds in the Iliad help warriors and kings make difficult decisions and satisfy the basic human need for self-esteem and security. (2012-02-13)
Tracing the evolution of bird reproduction
What really came first -- the chicken or the egg? (2016-08-10)
Watching birds near your home is good for your mental health -- official
People living in neighborhoods with more birds, shrubs and trees are less likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and stress, according to research by academics at the University of Exeter, the British Trust for Ornithology and the University of Queensland. (2017-02-24)
New research identifies the plight of farmland birds
Farmland birds that are poorer parents and less (2010-11-03)
Even non-migratory birds use a magnetic compass
Not only migratory birds use a built-in magnetic compass to navigate correctly. (2017-05-18)
Why dinosaurs had fowl breath
Scientists have discovered how dinosaurs used to breathe in what provides clues to how they evolved and how they might have lived. (2007-11-06)
Birds of all feathers work together to hunt when army ants march
When army ants move out, a new Drexel University study found that, instead of chasing each other away, birds work together to follow the column and hunt the insects that marching ants scare out of hiding. (2017-06-19)
Tiny ancient fossil from Spain shows birds flew over the heads of dinosaurs
A new discovery published in the journal Scientific Reports documents the intricate arrangement of the muscles and ligaments that controlled the main feathers of the wing of an ancient bird, supporting the notion that at least some of the most ancient birds performed aerodynamic feats in a fashion similar to those of many living birds. (2015-10-06)
Study of birds' sense of smell reveals important clues for behavior and adaptation
A large comparative genomic study of the olfactory genes tied to a bird's sense of smell has revealed important differences that correlate with their ecological niches and specific behaviors. (2015-07-29)
Earliest birds acted more like turkeys than common cuckoos
The earliest birds acted more like turkeys than common cuckoos, according to a new report in the Nov. (2007-11-05)
A(H5N8) risk to humans is very low
Eight European countries have reported highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N8) viruses in birds and poultry. (2016-11-21)
Yale researchers solve mystery of disappearing bird digit
Yale researchers solve evolutionary mystery of origin of bird digits. (2011-09-04)
Small birds almost overheat while feeding their young
For decades, researchers have thought that access to food determined the brood size of birds. (2018-05-16)
Birds sing louder amidst the noise and structures of the urban jungle
Sparrows, blackbirds and the great tit are all birds known to sing at a higher pitch in urban environments. (2012-02-22)
EU trade ban brings down global trade in wild birds by 90 percent
Trade of wild birds has dropped 90 percent globally since EU banned bird imports in 2005. (2017-11-22)
Mob mentality rules jackdaw flocks
Jackdaws are more likely to join a mob to drive off predators if lots of their fellow birds are up for the fight, new research shows. (2019-10-01)
Researchers find our inner reptile hearts
Researchers have finally succeeded in showing that the spongy tissue in reptile hearts is the forerunner of the complex hearts of both birds and mammals. (2012-09-14)
Feed the birds: Winter feeding makes for better breeding
Keep feeding the birds over winter: that's the message from research by the University of Exeter and Queen's University Belfast, published today in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters. (2008-02-05)
Loss of forest intactness increases extinction risk in birds
Fragmentation within intact forests has a higher impact on vertebrate biodiversity than equivalent losses in already degraded landscapes, but the relationship between forest 'intactness' and extinction risk has not been quantified. (2018-12-19)
Wandering albatrosses follow their nose
The first study of how individual wandering albatrosses find food shows that the birds rely heavily on their sense of smell. (2008-03-06)
Young birds can get 'drunk' on fermented berries
Young birds can get (2012-11-02)
Birds become immune to influenza
An influenza infection in birds gives a good protection against other subtypes of the virus, like a natural vaccination, according to a new study. (2017-06-30)
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