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New 'bird' drones land on power lines to recharge themselves

A research project at the MIT university has enabled a student to produce a prototype version of a small unmanned drone that can land on nearby power lines in order to recharge itself when it runs short of power without returning to base.
In the Media by James Walker - 3 comments

The science behind our Flappy Bird addiction

There is a formula behind those simple and addictive games that bring us back again and again to beat our original high scores.
In the Media by Megan Morreale - 1 comment

Bird steals camera and records journey in Australia

In northwest Australia a bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles, and captured its 70-mile journey across a remote landscape.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 2 comments

Genetic secrets of the world's toughest bird revealed

Scientists have revealed the genetic secrets of how a small bird can survive in one of the most hostile environments on earth. The bird is the ground tit (Parus humilis), which lives in the Tibetan plateau.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Video: Lioness kills heron at the Artis Royal Zoo, Amsterdam

The video shows a lioness killing a heron that was foolhardy enough to land in the lion enclosure at the Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Bird watching ─ a popular winter activity Special

The brisk days of winter are a popular time of the year for bird watching. Ardent bird lovers and amateur watchers often find the colder months a great time to spot winter birds.
Digital Journal Report by Leigh Goessl - 9 comments

Kid hit by bird whilst riding Kingda Ka roller-coaster

New York - A freak accident took place on the Kingda Ka roller-coaster, as Shane Matus was hit in the eye by a pigeon. Kingda Ka was closed for thirty minutes whilst it was examined, to see what had happened.
In the Media by Melissa Horrocks - 3 comments

Pet parakeet points cops to owner whereabouts

A trio of police officers in Japan were very surprised when a bird spoke to them and gave them some unexpected information.
In the Media by Owen Weldon

Rare spotting of South American bird in Chicago

Chicago - Birdwatchers across the U.S. were treated this week to news a rare spotting of a South American bird that reportedly missed its mark while migrating.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 1 comment

Stowaway owl found on cruise ship

An owl in Florida almost set off on a Caribbean cruise. The bird was found near the synthetic grass on the ship’s miniature golf course.
In the Media by Lynn Curwin

From amateur ornithologist to citizen scientist Special

The 2009-10 Project FeederWatch season wrapped up on Friday, April 9. A birder, with a professional background in the arts, I spent the winter watching my feeders, recording my observations as an amateur ornithologist and a Citizen Scientist.
Digital Journal Report by Betty Kowall - 2 comments

Bird of prey gets talon caught in escalator

Usually it’s a shoe lace or flip-flop that gets someone trapped on an escalator, but sometimes it something far more out of the ordinary.
In the Media by Sandy Sand

Experiment shows Aesop's thirsty crow fable may be true

Researchers from Cambridge University found out that the Aesop's fable regarding the thirsty rook that comes across a pitcher of water and then raises the water by dropping stones into the pitcher might really have happened.
In the Media by John Louie S. Ramos

Trio Swap Kids For A Cockatoo

How much is that beautiful little cockatoo worth to you? I've known some bird lovers in my time and wonder, would they swap two kids and 175 bucks for a bird?
In the Media by Carolyn E. Price - 10 comments

Extinct bird seen but sold as food in Philippines

The rare quail that was last observed several decades ago was seen for the first time recently but it was sold as food at a poultry market.
In the Media by Chris V. Thangham - 2 comments

The bird that made it as the world's newest species

A new species of a bird called the Olive-Backed Forest Robin or Stiphrornis pyrrholaemus is discovered in the forests of Gabon, by US scientists.
In the Media by Vinay Chand - 4 comments

Study: Bird Brains Are More Complex As They Learn Their Inherent Song

A recent study on birds and their brains revealed that the babbling inherent to baby finches as part of the learning process is actually caused by an area of the brain that, when disrupted, can cause an adult to revert to the infant behaviour.
In the Media by Nikki Weingartner - 6 comments

International Migratory Bird Day: Celebrating The Return Of Our Feathered Friends

The snow has melted for most people as sounds of preparatory labour have begun filling the air alongside the many other signs of spring's arrival. International Migratory Bird Day is a day to stop and celebrate the avies return to their Northern homes.
In the Media by Nikki Weingartner - 13 comments

Op-Ed: I Doubt Barack Obama Was Flipping Hillary the 'Birdie'

In what has bloggers laughing, criticizing and generally having fun with, Barack Obama was making a speech and when he mentioned Hillary Clinton's name, he scratch his face with the "finger" usually associated with the "birdie"
In the Media by Susan Duclos - 8 comments

Seychelles Bird Rears Young With The Help Of Grandparent Birds

A bird that is native to the Seychelles, the Seychelle warbler, has been discovered to rear its young ones with the help of grandparent birds. This behaviour has never been spotted in birds until now.
In the Media by Angelique van Engelen - 1 comment

Prince Questioned After Rare UK Birds Are Found Dead

It appears that one of the Royal family has found himself in hot water this week, as Prince Harry is questioned by local police after it was claimed that gun shots had been fired at a UK protected bird of prey
In the Media by Michelle Duffy - 2 comments

Bird Causes Plane To Return

Shortly after taking off Flight 47 had to return to Philadelphia on Saturday. There wasn't a problem with a terrorist nor was a passenger acting up. A bird was the root of the quick return.
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 1 comment

Huge Bird-Like Dinosaur Discovered

A new finding suggests that a gigantic bird-like dinosaur which weighed as much as a car existed about 70 million years ago. A new found dinosaur was not yet full grown but weighed more than 3,000 pounds.
In the Media by Tea Lulic - 1 comment

Bird poops on Mr. President

While Bush was giving his speech in the Rose Garden, a bird decided to give him a present.
In the Media by Leah - 5 comments

Bird Flu Confirmation In North Wales

As reported in UK news this week, the Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Dr Christianne Glossop, has confirmed a specific case of avian influenza
In the Media by Michelle Duffy - 5 comments

Dog Survives Two Weeks on a Dead Bird and a Nearby Waterfall

During a holiday cliff walk in Devon, Bush, the Staffordshire bull terrier disappeared.
In the Media by Janice Ambrose - 4 comments

Pilot Lands Plane With One Engine On Fire After A Bird Strike

After a plane takes off from Manchester airport in the UK, two herons are sucked into the engine, forcing the plane to come back down with only one engine
In the Media by Michelle Duffy - 3 comments

Dick Cheney's Plane Hits Bird

Vice President Dick Cheney's plane struck a bird as he delivered a speech at the Heritage Foundation's annual leadership conference.
In the Media by malan - 9 comments

Crew Get Into A Flap When A Bird Boards A Plane

Was it looking for a free flight? A small bird gets into a flap whilst nosing around the cockpit of a plane full of passengers
In the Media by Michelle Duffy - 6 comments

I'm Sorry For Speeding Officer - But, You See - Tweety Bird Was Bored!

So, you're hangin' at home. Just another average day. Tweety is chattering in her cage. "I'm bored, I'm bored" she continues to repeat over and over. Well, you're the one that taught her to talk - better find a way to entertain your her....
In the Media by Pamela Jean - 2 comments
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Northern (Baltimore) Oriole
Northern (Baltimore) Oriole
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Bird on the bow of a sailboat during sunset in Belmar  NJ
Bird on the bow of a sailboat during sunset in Belmar, NJ
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By Franz Antonicek (Nationalpark Donau-Auen) [see page for license], via Wikimedia Commons
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A birdhouse in Dearborn Heights  Michigan
A birdhouse in Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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At this time of year birds will flock to feeders put out by humans.
At this time of year birds will flock to feeders put out by humans.
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The common blackbird.
Andreas Trepte
The common blackbird.
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A forest pukake
A forest pukake
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Can you find the bird?
Can you find the bird?
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Woodpecker
Woodpecker
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A fantail  normally shy and whizzing along forest trails  got trapped in our New Zealand cottage
A fantail, normally shy and whizzing along forest trails, got trapped in our New Zealand cottage
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Seagull looking out to sea
Seagull looking out to sea
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Ground Tit
Hebinocom
Ground Tit
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White-throated robin
Flickr
White-throated robin
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Blue tit
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Blue tit
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wikipedia
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Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
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This bird waits for me to leave so it can swoop in towards the feeder I am standing next to.
This bird waits for me to leave so it can swoop in towards the feeder I am standing next to.
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An injured swallow
An injured swallow
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After pushing the titmouse away  this nuthatch began kicking the peanuts off the railing and created...
After pushing the titmouse away, this nuthatch began kicking the peanuts off the railing and created a 'stash' below.
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