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Cats kill one million birds a day in Australia

Sydney - Feral and pet cats kill more than one million birds in Australia every day, new research showed Wednesday, with the staggering slaughter driving the decline of many species.

British bases in Cyprus get drone to fight bird trappers

Larnaca - Police on a British military base in Cyprus on Thursday launched their latest weapon in the fight against illegal bird trappers –- a high-tech drone.

Jailbird: Swiss collector sentenced for filching feathers

Geneva - A Swiss hawk enthusiast was on Wednesday sentenced to three years behind bars for stealing more than 10,000 bird feathers worth an estimated $6 million from European museums.

Cyprus struggles to tackle 'industrial' songbird poaching

Nicosia - Volunteers and police in Cyprus are struggling to tackle illegal songbird trapping operations that kill millions of birds a year and net huge profits for poaching gangs.

Dealing with toxic algal blooms involves reducing bird poop

Algal blooms are a big problem in many parts of the world. Algae can deplete oxygen levels in lakes and produce toxins which threatened aquatic life. One influencing factor on algal levels is bird feces.

Watch raven eat a parking ticket placed on windshield of car

Yellowknife - Once a parking ticket is issued it must be paid. It does not matter if the ticket blows away, is taken by another person, or eaten by a bird. The city of Yellowknife will not accept "the raven ate my ticket" as an excuse for non-payment.

Warming temperatures cause early bird migration

Edinburgh - Changing temperatures and a warmer climate are causing birds to migrate earlier and to head for their breeding grounds, according to a new research study. This relates to information collated over the course of several summers.

Giant slugs found to be feasting on baby birds

Wroclaw - A slow crawling, slimy slug may not seem like much of a threat, but to newborn baby birds, unable to fly or defend themselves, slugs are a risk. New research shows how the slugs devour the fledglings.

Pets or pests? Quaker parrots invade Madrid

Madrid - They may be cute, colourful and chatty, but South American quaker parrots have taken up residence in Madrid and other Spanish cities, irritating residents with their shrill squawks and destabilising the ecosystem.

Birds sing 'hot weather warning' to unborn chicks

Bird song varies and birds sing differently for different reasons. In a remarkable find scientists have discovered that birds sing to their unborn chicks to warn them of hot weather.

Bird friendly gardens can cause more harm than good

Plenty of books and magazine articles encourage people to design their gardens in different ways to attract more birds. A new study suggests this can often causes harm to birds.

Methylmercury now being found in Southern Ocean fish and birds

Methylmercury, a potent neurotoxin has been found in sea ice in the Southern Ocean, according to new research. This latest study demonstrates how sea ice bacteria can change mercury into its more lethal form, contaminating marine life and birds.

Feather-degrading bacteria harming birds

An explanation has been provided for a serious disease of birds where the feathers rot away and fall off. This disease is caused by feather-degrading bacteria. The solution requires a joined-up approach to conservation.

Red kites in Scotland have taken to stealing underwear

Aberdeen - Red kites have been swooping down when swimmers peel off their clothes take a dip at a popular bathing spot near Glen Esk in Scotland. What are the birds doing with the garments?

Exotic pet trade sends Florida bird rescues soaring

Miami - In this small animal hospital perched on Miami's sun-splashed harbor, some of the most exotic creatures fly in and out of Carla Zepeda's life.

Male peacocks twerk to attract hens

A new study, using slow-motion capture photography, has revealed that male peacocks undertake a series of movements, including a move that resembles twerking, it to attract peahens.

Seeds may have helped birds survive extinction of the dinosaurs

While there's plenty of evidence to suggest that dinosaurs were already in decline millions of years before the asteroid impact that spelled their doom, we know that those small, feathered theropod dinosaurs, otherwise known as birds, did survive.

The smartness of crows revealed through brain study

Crows are one of the smartest birds known and they have an incredible memory. A new insight, based on brain activity in the birds, reveals why these birds have such effective memory recall.

Botulism affecting Spain’s waterbirds

Madrid - A large number of waterbirds have been killed in Spain in recent years due to the bacterial disease botulism. It is thought the infection is being spread by an invasive species of water snail.

Bird revives another bird: Video

Are birds capable of altruistic behavior? A new video suggests so. The scene, shot in Saudi Arabia, shows a robin slapping wings and stroking unconscious partners using its beak. The bird regains consciousness and flies away.

Big Garden Bird Watch is on

This week over one million people in the U.K. are taking part in the 'Big Garden Bird Watch,' an example of mass participation of citizen science in action.

Photo essay: Alberta's winter bird species Special

As winter sets in across Alberta many bird species head south, but even with the cold weather and deep snow some birds stick around. They are the hardy few, which make Alberta and Canada their year-round home.

Watch adorable birds tap-dance while attracting a mate

An enchanting video has been released showing adorable and colourful birds undertake a rhythmical dance, replete with toe-tapping action, in a bid to attract a mate.

Captive female snake without male companion gives birth – again

Cape Girardeau - For the second year in a row, a captive female snake in southern Missouri has given birth even though she hasn't been anywhere near a male snake for eight years. The yellow–bellied water snake gave birth in 2014, and then did it again this summer.

Scientists: Strange lizard-like reptile is earliest known turtle

Scientists have now solved an important piece of the turtle evolution puzzle. Recent fossil evidence has helped paleontologists prove that turtles share a recent common ancestor with birds, lizards, and crocodiles.

Special abilities of the hummingbird’s tongue revealed

Hummingbird tongues function as elastic micropumps instead of simple thin tubes, researchers have reported. This insight into the birds is not shared by all biologists.

South African birds reveal parasite diversity

The colorful and varied birds of South Africa contain a range of different pathogens and parasites. Among this array of microscopic organisms are the single-celled animals that cause malaria. The range has surprised scientists.

The robin is selected as the U.K.’s national bird

A recent campaign to select the U.K.’s most popular bird has been concluded and the winner, unsurprisingly to many, is the robin. The European male variety is distinguished by a distinctive red breast.

Dinosaurs really were warm-blooded, study suggests

Dinosaurs grew quickly and were warm-blooded just like modern mammals, says a scientist who researched the metabolism of these ancient creatures.

Canadian opens miniature bar for local birds

In Canada a bird enthusiast has designed and built a miniature bar, complete with TV and Coke machine, offering refreshments to local avians.
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The Canada goose - a large goose, with a distinctive black head and neck and large white throat patch.
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A close-up at the Birds of Prey Center at Leeds Castle.
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Two birds sitting on a wire fence.
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