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Op-Ed: Which bird should be the national bird for Britain?

London - This year the first national bird for Britain will be declared. The selection process, now that a short list has been defined, will be through a poll of British citizens.

More than two million migratory birds killed in Cyprus

Nicosia - More than two million migratory birds were killed in Cyprus last autumn to feed an illicit taste for the delicacy on the Mediterranean island, a conservationist group said Monday.

Size matters: Evolution helps sea creatures, land animals get big

Stanford - A recent study suggests that sea creatures may follow a hypothesis known as "Cope's rule," and this rule states that in a lineage, animals grow larger in the passage of time.

No bird brains, birds are adept at energy conservation

By using special Global Positioning System trackers, scientists have demonstrated the energy-saving flight strategy adopted by migratory birds.

African birds offer insight into sperm decline

A study in an African bird species sheds light on age-related sperm (gamete) decline. The study offers insights into what is happening with men as they age.

Hoopoes engage in strange egg-licking behaviors

Hoopoes have a remarkable habit. They cover their eggs with a secretion from their beaks. The secretion is packed with beneficial bacteria, which protects the eggs. A new research study has been looking into this behaviour further.

No bird brains, crows are super-smart

Chicago - Experiments initiated by the University of Iowa have found that crows can show advanced relational thinking. This puts them on par with apes and monkeys.

Birds may hear tornadoes coming over 500 miles away

A research team discovered that golden-winged warblers in the mountains of eastern Tennessee left their breeding grounds between 24 and 48 hours before the arrival of powerful supercell storms.

Sixth great extinction imperils amphibians, birds, mammals and us

The earth is entering into a dark period of human-caused devastation that is threatening 41 percent of all amphibians, 26 percent of all mammals, and 13 percent of all birds. We have ourselves to blame for much of this, an acclaimed journal has found.

Understanding the genetics of birds

A staggering advancement in genetics this week concerning the genome of birds. A series of eight paper have been published in one journal which present 45 bird species genomes. Previously only five species had been genetically mapped.

'DNA from the crypt' solves mystery of how birds lost their teeth

Riverside - Thanks to "DNA from the crypt" scientists now have powerful evidence that the lack of teeth in all modern birds can be traced to a common ancestor who became toothless in paradise about 116 million years ago.

How diseases travel on the wings of birds

Unalakleet - Local Environmental Observer Network in Unalakleet, on the northwest coast of Alaska, has reported an alarming finding. Birds that are normally parasite-free have been found to contain parasites unknown to the territory.

Finding out how birds remember when asleep

Washington - A new study argues that birds could provide a new animal model for memory consolidation during sleep. The results may be applicable to people.

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.
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Some big  native birds on the rocks of Castle Hill in Alanya
Some big, native birds on the rocks of Castle Hill in Alanya
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Purple Finch
Pine siskins and white crowned sparrow under feeder. Photo taken in 2008 in Oakburn Mb.
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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The peacock at Kidwell Farm fully spreads his feathers. Visitors who happened to catch this less common event were awed by its beauty (In my case, this was the first time in several visits to finally see him with his feathers up!)
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Thousands of Jackdaws in the sky
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Pic taken by me  a peacock near the King s Palace  dubai.
Pic taken by me, a peacock near the King's Palace, dubai.
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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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Bird on the bow of a sailboat during sunset in Belmar, NJ
A Swift during convalescence after an accident
A Swift during convalescence after an accident
Partial view of Rosebreasted Grosbeak. Taken in 2008 in May at Oakburn Manitoba.
Partial view of Rosebreasted Grosbeak. Taken in 2008 in May at Oakburn Manitoba.
Storks are large birds  looking majestic when overhead in the air.
Storks are large birds, looking majestic when overhead in the air.
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In the winter, it is harder for the birds to find seeds, so they're usually willing to go for other types of food, such as peanuts
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Images of birds, Seneca Lake, the park, etc.
This is what remained of the robin nest. A storm blew it from a tree and the mother followed the nes...
This is what remained of the robin nest. A storm blew it from a tree and the mother followed the nest to the ground where she stayed till all 3 of them where hatched.
Starling sly in coordinated movements known as murmuration.
Starling sly in coordinated movements known as murmuration.
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