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S. Korea issues top bird flu alert

Seoul - South Korea on Friday issued its top bird flu alert for the first time, giving officials extra powers to contain an outbreak that has already triggered the slaughter of more than 10 percent of national poultry stocks.

This bird does something extraordinary, and it will surprise you

The greater honeyguide has a name that's slightly misleading, but that's only because it doesn't eat honey. Instead, it prefers the larvae and eggs in a bee hive, and strangely, it is one of the few animals in the world that can live on wax.

Scientist kills rare bird that's been lost for more than 50 years

A New York Museum research team discovered a "ghost" bird that hadn't been seen in half a century in the remote highlands of Solomon Islands’ Guadalcanal. Then they killed the bird to collect as a specimen for additional study.

India arrests a pigeon and charges it with spying

Pathankot - A pigeon has been arrested by authorities in India on suspicion of being a spy from Pakistan. There are no plans at present to release the bird.

Neon signs are causing robins to stay awake at night

Researchers have discovered that bright lights emitted by neon signs and streetlamps at night in cities are disrupting the sleep cycles of robins and other birds, keeping them awake at night and getting "worn out" due to a lack of sleep.

Hat-stealing owl attacks joggers

Salem - An owl in the city of Salem, Oregon is reportedly swooping down on unsuspecting early-morning joggers and grabbing their hats, according to state officials.

New bird flu case in Netherlands

Den Haag - Dutch authorities reported a new outbreak of bird flu Sunday on a western poultry farm, but could not say if it was the worrying new strain detected elsewhere in the country.

New bird flu case in Germany

Berlin - A worrying new strain of bird flu has been observed for the first time in a wild bird in northern Germany, the agriculture ministry said Saturday.

WHO braces for bird flu spread in European poultry

Geneva - The World Health Organization cautioned Tuesday that a new kind of bird flu hitting European poultry farms would spread among birds, after Britain confirmed its outbreak was of the same strain as in the Netherlands and Germany.

'Contagious' bird flu outbreaks on Dutch, British farms

Hekendorp - Dutch officials were on Monday checking poultry farms for a highly infectious strain of bird flu following outbreaks of similar strains of the virus in Britain and Germany.

Bird parasite alert issued

House Finch eye disease, a bacterial parasite, is infecting a wide range of species, though most do not show signs of illness, according to a new report. The disease is primarily a respiratory infection and appears on birds as conjunctivitis.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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"
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Cute pigeon
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Hermit Thrush singing quietly
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California Condor (juveniles)
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The new  bird  drone developed by MIT University that can  perch  on power lines to recharge itself.
The new 'bird' drone developed by MIT University that can 'perch' on power lines to recharge itself.
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A Hoopoe in southeastern Turkey
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