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Birds News

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 6 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 2 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Kyle Ashmead - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Layne Weiss - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 8 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Leigh Goessl - 14 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Kevin Fitzgerald

Op-Ed: Photo Essay — Honoring the Calgary Zoo post flood 2013

Calgary - This Photo Essay honors the Calgary Zoo animals that were traumatized during the devastating flood in Calgary, Alberta, June 2013. A revisit to the zoo on June 22 was postponed due to massive flooding of the Bow and Elbow rivers from torrential rainfall.
In the Media by Grace C. Visconti - 4 comments

Bird migration study may lead to better smartphones

Inspired by the biological compass used by some migratory birds to find their bearings in the geomagnetic field, technologists believe that this offers a clue to developing a more efficient smartphone.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Photo Essay: Birds of the Canadian Boreal Forest Special

The Boreal Forest is home to many species of plant and animal life, it is also home to a great many species of birds. If one knows where to look, and or has a little luck eagles, hawks, Pileated Woodpeckers and many other birds can be spotted.
Digital Journal Report by Kyle Ashmead - 6 comments

Scientists examine bird poo contents

Scientists have examined the contents of bird poo and have compared the bacteria isolated with young birds and adults. The results reveal several differences in the composition of gut bacteria.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Commonly used pesticide may harm birds

A new report suggests that a commonly used class of pesticides, known as neonicotinoids or neonics, may be more harmful to birds than previously though.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment
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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.
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Images of birds, Seneca Lake, the park, etc.
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A Swift during convalescence after an accident
A Swift during convalescence after an accident
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Female cardinal perched in an evergreen tree
Female cardinal perched in an evergreen tree
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Images of birds, Seneca Lake, the park, etc.
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Images of birds, Seneca Lake, the park, etc.
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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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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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House sparrows have been in particular decline in the south-east region of England
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House sparrows have been in particular decline in the south-east region of England
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Male and female storks happily united once again.
Male and female storks happily united once again.
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Great Tit (Parus major)
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Great Tit (Parus major)
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