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Birds News

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.

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.
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House sparrows have been in particular decline in the south-east region of England
House sparrows have been in particular decline in the south-east region of England
S Moller
Images of birds  Seneca Lake  the park  etc.
Images of birds, Seneca Lake, the park, etc.
Two birds sitting on a wire fence at the Calgary Zoo early one morning.
Two birds sitting on a wire fence at the Calgary Zoo early one morning.
A stork elegantly descending towards the nest
A stork elegantly descending towards the nest
Some big  native birds on the rocks of Castle Hill in Alanya
Some big, native birds on the rocks of Castle Hill in Alanya
A Collared Dove
A Collared Dove
Juan Emilio
eared grebe
eared grebe
Calibas
Purple Finch
Purple Finch
Images of birds  Seneca Lake  the park  etc.
Images of birds, Seneca Lake, the park, etc.
Pic taken by me  a peacock near the King s Palace  dubai.
Pic taken by me, a peacock near the King's Palace, dubai.
Two microraptors sitting on a branch looking for lunch
Two microraptors sitting on a branch looking for lunch
Jason Brougham / University of Texas; Mick Ellison (inset)
Pic taken by me  a peacock near the King s Palace  Dubai.
Pic taken by me, a peacock near the King's Palace, Dubai.
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica)
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A Common Guillemot
A Common Guillemot
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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.
Images of birds  Seneca Lake  the park  etc.
Images of birds, Seneca Lake, the park, etc.
A peacock at Kidwell Farm  located at the Frying Pan Farm Park  in Herndon  Va.
A peacock at Kidwell Farm, located at the Frying Pan Farm Park, in Herndon, Va.