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Birds News

Half of U.S. bird species under threat

A report from the National Audubon Society suggests that more than half of U.S. bird species are under threat. The reasons given range from displacement to extinction due to climate change.

Costa Rican forests have greater bird diversity than farms

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have shown that Costa Rican forests support more phylogenetically diverse bird populations than do farms in the country.

The world's rarest bird needs a new home

The Madagascar pochard, the world's rarest bird,will not be able to thrive without a new wetland home according to a new study. Conservationists are recommending that a new home be found.

Hoopoes' eggs change color according to mother’s health

Biologists have discovered that preen gland secretion causes hoopoes’ eggs to change color, signalling about the health of the mother bird.

Hummingbirds out-perform helicopters

Stamford - New research indicates that hummingbirds can accomplish sustained flight that is at least as efficient as that of the most high-tech micro-drone helicopter.

Bird’s eye view: Bird threat zones revealed

Scientists have produced detailed maps revealing the areas in the world where bird populations are in decline. The majority of regions are in South America.

Dinosaurs 'were not' the ancestors of modern birds

An analysis of a sparrow-sized fossil has challenged the present status of dinosaurs as ancestors of modern birds. This is based on a new study of an archosaur fossil.

Insecticides harm birds by devastating their food chain

Amsterdam - New research indicates that insecticides like neonicotinoid are harming birds by rippling through the food chain. Bird populations have declined in areas where certain insecticides are used.

Finches practice fumigation methods to destroy parasites

Salt Lake City - Biologists have found that if finches use pesticide-treated cotton to line their nests they can unwittingly protect themselves against parasitic fly larvae.

Rare bird alert

Researchers have collated a list of the 100 most rare and unique bird species, many of which are facing extinction. The researchers warn that half of the 100 highest ranked bird species are receiving little or no conservation attention.

Hummingbirds work hard in unfriendly skies (video)

Swirling air can make hummingbirds work harder to hover, according to a new study. This happens when the air’s vortices open wider than a bird’s wing.

Why do birds fly south?

This isn’t the answer to a riddle, but it is an answer to some of the remarkable abilities and interesting behaviors that different types of birds exhibit. It seems that everything comes down to a special hormone called leptin.

Birds pose a major risk to choppers

A new study finds that birdstrike is a significant threat to U.S. Army, Navy, Coast Guard, and Air Force helicopters when taking off or in flight.

Save Britain's barn owls

Barn owls in the U.K. are dying off by the thousands. One of the reasons for a recent spate of deaths has been linked to rat poison.

Urban areas make song birds ill

Phoenix - People living in densely populated urban areas affect the health and fitness of native wildlife. A new study draws a link between the degree of urbanization and the prevalence of two parasites in wild house finches.

Photo essay: Bird watching this weekend Special

In the U.K., this weekend, almost 1 million people are taking part in the "Big garden bird watch," a citizen-led event where people count the numbers and types of different birds in their garden or local parks. Presented here are my findings.

Big garden bird watch is this weekend

Each January in the U.K. a survey of birds in gardens and parks us undertaken. Called the Big Garden Bird Watch, the event is organized by the charity RSPB.

Amazing ‘head cam’ video reveals the mystery of birds

A new video has proved a hit on YouTube. Footage from miniature video cameras strapped to falcons' backs or heads shows that the animals use a form of motion camouflage to attack and capture flying prey.

Vultures focus on the dying not the living

How do vultures know which group of animals to follow? It appears that the birds use "intelligence data" to predict which animals are most likely to die first.

Migrating birds fly fast and efficiently

Birds migrating in a V formation turns are experts of the well-timed flap. Each bird is able to match the up-and-down path traced by the wing tip of the bird in front of it, a new study discusses.

Video: Brave cat chases fox off property in Norway

Lillepus, a one-year-old cat living in Florø, western Norway, is now famous for protecting his property from a fox. A passerby caught the incident on camera.

Photo Essay: Autumn in Alberta Special

Alberta in the autumn is a wonderful time to enjoy the splendour of the outdoors. Sunny warm days and frosty nights are both relaxing and invigorating.

Older cranes fly best, and guide the young

For efficient migration, what matters is the age of the oldest bird in the group. At least that is the case with cranes. Furthermore, more experienced fliers nudge youngsters from going off course on long flights.

Cuckoo's more successful with multiple eggs

Cuckoo finches that lay more than one egg in their victims' nests have a better chance of fooling the host parents into fostering their parasitic young, according to a new study.

Smaller animals see the world in slow motion

Dublin - According to a new study, smaller animals such as insects and birds perceive time as if it is happening in slow motion. This allows them to quickly escape large predators.

Benefits of birds at coffee plantations revealed

Pest control rainforest birds provide a considerable benefit to agriculture, according to a new study. The study has looked at coffee plantations.

Huge vulture takes out 6 Spanish cyclists in one 'fowl' swoop

Miranda De Ebro - Six cyclists were traveling in a group in the Burgos province of Spain Sunday when the massive bird flew into them, injuring them all, one seriously.

Photo Essay: A summer visit with feathered friends on the farm Special

Herndon - Kidwell Farm, located in Northern Virginia's Fairfax County, is a popular family-oriented outing. The farm houses several animals, including a few varieties of birds. Visitors to the farm can find chickens, ducks, turkeys and even peacocks.

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.

Suspected spy bird released by Turkish authorities

Istanbul - A bird suspected of spying for Israel was captured by Turkish authorities and has finally been released. The Turkish authorities believed that the bird was carrying surveillance equipment but didn't find any on the bird after a careful inspection.
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Female cardinal perched in an evergreen tree
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Stork on the lookout atop a farm building. Annually, these birds return to their nests in a few selected villages. Friesland, the Netherlands
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Storks are large birds, looking majestic when overhead in the air.
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Images of birds, Seneca Lake, the park, etc.
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Starling sly in coordinated movements known as murmuration.
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Images of birds, Seneca Lake, the park, etc.
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Male and female storks happily united once again.
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Ganz's artwork of birds in flight
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A pair of male and female cardinal birds sat for a long time in this tree.
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A Swift during convalescence after an accident
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A peacock at Kidwell Farm, located at the Frying Pan Farm Park, in Herndon, Va.
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The greatest free flying bird show in America- In addition to a majestic Falconry exhibition, this complete bird show includes hawks, eagles, owls and vultures. You’ll be astounded as these spectacular birds exhibit their free-flight skills directly over the heads of the audience!
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After pushing the titmouse away, this nuthatch began kicking the peanuts off the railing and created a 'stash' below.
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Pine siskins and white crowned sparrow under feeder. Photo taken in 2008 in Oakburn Mb.
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Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
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