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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.

Cute, colorful jumping spiders can see more colors than humans do

Sometimes surprises come in tiny packages. That's the case with jumping spiders, scientists have found. Scientists know that jumpers have excellent vision. What they didn't know until now is that these little creatures can see more colors than we do.

Like the canary in a coalmine, birds tell real story of Fukushima

Like a canary in a coalmine, birds are a good indicator of the quality of an environment. A study has found that Fukushima prefecture has not been friendly to our feathered friends since that fateful day four years ago, and things are not getting better.

The incredible voyage of the blackpoll warbler revealed

Each fall the blackpoll warbler flies non-stop from Canada, southwards across the Atlantic Ocean to South America, in just three days. What does the bird get up to? A science group have been finding out.

Op-Ed: Ever wonder why you're afraid of spiders? Evolution provides clue

San Jos - When you live in the tropics, the neighbors tend to invite themselves into your house. In my case, sometimes it's a two-toed sloth. Other times it's a beautiful morpho butterfly. And other times it's a large, hairy spider.

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.
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A titmouse takes a break from kicking peanuts over the rail and gazes over a nearby lake.
A titmouse takes a break from kicking peanuts over the rail and gazes over a nearby lake.
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.
Birds can often be seen during a walk along the pier.
Birds can often be seen during a walk along the pier.
The peacock at Kidwell Farm fully spreads his feathers. Visitors who happened to catch this less com...
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!)
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
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Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus)
Wood pigeon (Columba palumbus)
Tristan Ferne
Adult and juvenile types of Robin  the UK s favorite bird
Adult and juvenile types of Robin, the UK's favorite bird
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Photo of a Brolga taken at Australia Zoo in Beerwah  Queensland  AU
Photo of a Brolga taken at Australia Zoo in Beerwah, Queensland, AU
Images of birds  Seneca Lake  the park  etc.
Images of birds, Seneca Lake, the park, etc.
The Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis)  photographed in Kolkata  West Bengal  India.  T...
The Oriental Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus orientalis), photographed in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. The Large-billed Reed Warbler is similar in appearance.
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A blackbird helps itself to worms while two horses wearing their autumn coats graze in the October s...
A blackbird helps itself to worms while two horses wearing their autumn coats graze in the October sun surrounded by golden and yellow-coloured trees.
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Close to the canal some geese begin an early morning forage for worms.
Close to the canal some geese begin an early morning forage for worms.
A Cardinal looks on at the Mount Vernon Estate
A Cardinal looks on at the Mount Vernon Estate
Images of birds  Seneca Lake  the park  etc.
Images of birds, Seneca Lake, the park, etc.
Ganz s artwork of birds in flight
Ganz's artwork of birds in flight
With permission by Sayaka Ganz
Stork on the lookout atop a farm building. Annually  these birds return to their nests in a few sele...
Stork on the lookout atop a farm building. Annually, these birds return to their nests in a few selected villages. Friesland, the Netherlands