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Bird's Wings May Determine The Shape Of Eggs

The flight ability of a bird and the size of its wings both determine the shape of the eggs hatched, a new study revealed. Researchers measured thousands of bird eggs from different species and created a model to identify them.

Animals June 23, 2017

99-Million-Year-Old Bird Found Preserved In Amber In Myanmar

The most completely preserved remains of a 99-million-year-old bird was found encased in a Burmese amber. The toothed baby bird provided researchers with evidence of its independence at just a few days old.

Ancient June 9, 2017

New Zealand Kea Parrot Has ‘Infectious Laugh’ That Puts Other Keas In A Playful Mood

A new study has claimed that New Zealand’s kea parrots express a sound that put other birds in a funny and playful mood. This is the first time a non-mammal has been found that ability akin to human laughter.

Animals March 21, 2017

Ancient Horse Shrank To Size Of Cat Because Of Global Warming: How Climate Change Affects Plants And Animals

Arenahippus, an early horse the size of a dog, shrank to the size of a cat as a result of global warming more than 50 million years ago. How does climate change affect modern-day plants and animals?

Earth/Environment March 17, 2017

Laser Light Reveals What Feathered Dinosaurs Looked Like - And Whether They Could Fly

Can the Anchiornis dinosaur fly, glide, or do neither? A new study harnessing laser-stimulated fluorescence (LSF) to image the prehistoric creatures' fossils helps enrich the discussion on avian evolution and dinosaur history.

Ancient March 1, 2017

Birdwatching Near Your Home Offers Mental Health Benefits, Says Study

Researchers have found that watching birds near your home can be good for your mental health. Results were consistent whether subjects lived in urban or suburban neighborhoods.

Public Health February 27, 2017

H7N9 Mutation Makes Bird Flu Virus Drug-Resistant And More Infectious

Analysis revealed mutations of the bird flu virus H7N9 make it more infectious in poultry and resistant to a class of antiviral drugs. Does this mean the virus could spread more easily between humans?

Public Health February 21, 2017

Bird Flu Virus Hits French Foie Gras Industry As France Plans To Cull 600,000 Ducks

The H5N8 bird flu virus that hit France and other countries in Europe and the Middle East is set to hit the French foie gras industry. Authorities are planning to cull thousands of ducks, a preventative measure that is estimated to cost foie gras producers 270 million euros.

Public Health February 21, 2017

Vampire Bats In Brazil Now Start To Feed On Human Blood At Night

The hairy-legged vampire bats in Brazil known to exclusively feed on bird blood have started to feed on human blood. Why are these bats starting to eat something outside of their set menu?

Animals January 12, 2017

Trouble In Paradise: Songbirds Divorce, Fail To Reproduce In Face Of Suburban Development

Expanding development in suburban areas is forcing out songbirds from their shelter. In the process, they lose mates, and relocation imposes hardship in breeding and hampers successful reproduction.

Animals January 5, 2017

Climate Change Causing Birds To Migrate Early

The rising global temperature is causing birds to migrate earlier. How does the wrong timing in migration affect birds?

Animals December 29, 2016

Dinosaur That Lost Teeth As An Adult May Explain Why Birds Have Toothless Beak

The dinosaur Limusaurus inextricabilis was born with teeth but became toothless when it became an adult. Its dental transformation may shed light on the evolution of the bird's beak.

Animals December 26, 2016

Bipedal Dinosaur Born With Teeth Became Toothless By Adulthood

The bipedal dinosaur Limusaurus inextricabilis was born with teeth but they became toothless as they got older. How did this phenomenon known as ontogenetic edentulism benefit the prehistoric bird-like creature?

Animals December 23, 2016

This Parrot Wore Goggles, Flew Through A Laser Sheet For Research

A parrot trained to wear safety goggles and fly through a laser sheet has helped scientists discover new insights into flight physics. The findings can help improve the design of flying robots and drones, researchers said.

Animals December 6, 2016

Sibling Rivalry: Birds Begging For Food Found To Be Less Honest When Competing With Siblings

New research has revealed that sibling rivalry is a big factor in the food hunting habits of birds and chicks. The latter showed more dishonesty when they faced competition from siblings.

Animals November 11, 2016

Mud Dragon: Bird-Like Dinosaur With Toothless Beak And Feathers Found In China

A new species of bird-like dinosaur was discovered in Southern China. The mud dragon was in an odd position when it was found, suggesting it died trying to free itself after getting stuck in the mud.

Animals November 11, 2016

Seabirds Eat Plastic Because Of Its 'Attractive' Smell

If it smells like food, it must be delicious, right? Not always, as a new study in California proved where researchers found that seabirds often mistake plastic for the typical meals they feast upon, and so they fill their bellies with plastic trash.

Animals November 10, 2016

Parrot Exposes Affair: Pet Bird Repeats Flirty Chats Between Husband And Maid

A man in Kuwait narrowly escaped punishment for adultery because of the family's pet bird. The parrot repeated his flirty conversations with the housemaid in front of the wife.

Animals October 27, 2016

Could Dinosaurs Sing? Oldest Bird Voice Box Offers Clues

The voice box of an ancient bird believed to be a relative of ducks and geese hint that the syrinx of birds developed later in their evolution. What does this tell about the sound produced by dinosaurs?

Animals October 14, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Update: Radar Images Show Migrating Birds Seeking Refuge In Eye Of Hurricane Matthew

Radar detected what appears as birds taking refuge in the eye of Hurricane Matthew. How do birds like seagulls get inside the eye of the storm?

Animals October 8, 2016

Fish Sing Choruses In The Sea At Dawn Just Like Birds

Fishes may seem like silent creatures but in the sea, these marine animals actually produce choruses when their song overlaps those of the others. What role does sound play in fish behaviors?

Animals September 25, 2016

Coast Guard Rescues Oiled Birds And Wildlife Impacted By Louisiana Oil Spill

Rescue workers are working to capture and rehabilitate oiled birds and wildlife that have been affected by the oil spill in Louisiana. How does the oil discharge affect the animals?

Earth/Environment September 12, 2016

Rare Composite Skeleton Of Dodo Bird Up For Sale In England

An auction house in England is putting up for sale a rare, composite skeleton of a Dodo bird. Officials say the near-complete skeleton is the first of its kind.

Ancient August 26, 2016

Zebra Finches Sing To Their Eggs Before Hatching To Help Baby Birds Survive Climate Change

Australia's Zebra finches sing to their birds when the weather is hot at the end of incubation period. How does this singing help the chicks survive in a warming world?

Animals August 19, 2016

Frigate Birds Can Sleep While Flying Mid-Air

Many birds can soar through the skies for weeks without stopping, prompting scientists to wonder whether these animals sleep at all. Now, a new study has revealed that birds can indeed sleep while flying mid-air.

Animals August 5, 2016

Dinosaurs May Have Cooed Like Doves Instead Of Roaring

Some dinosaurs may have mumbled and cooed like doves instead of roaring like lions, a new study in Texas suggests. Researchers explain the science behind this possibility.

Animals July 12, 2016

How Incredible Frigate Birds Can Stay In Flight For Months Without Landing

A new study suggests that the enigmatic frigate bird can stay aloft for weeks without even touching the ground. How exactly can this aquatic bird accomplish this feat?

Animals July 1, 2016

Dinosaur-Era Wings Preserved In Amber Reveal Ancient Birds Were Almost Fully Developed When Hatched

A pair of well-preserved wings that belonged to Enantiornithes was found encased in an amber mined in Myanmar. The wings revealed that the ancient birds were almost fully developed when they were hatched.

Animals June 29, 2016

Bird Brains Are Packed With Neurons: Study

A study presents surprising new findings on bird brains: they maintain up to twice as many neurons as primate brains of the same size. These data on their neuron count and size lend new insight into the intelligence and cognitive abilities of birds.

Animals June 15, 2016

Study Reveals Why Robins Lay Blue Eggs

The answer behind why birds lay blue eggs lie in the sun's varying effects, including its harmful ultraviolet radiation. A light blue tint, for instance, allows the eggs to warm without overheating.

Animals May 30, 2016

13 Bird Species In Indonesia At Risk Of Extinction Due To Illegal Pet Trade

The rampant and illegal pet trade of birds in Indonesia is threatening to wipe out at least 13 bird species in the country, a new report revealed. Conservationists call for stricter law enforcement to save the birds.

Animals May 27, 2016

Here's Why Red Birds Are More Attractive To Potential Mates

New findings on wild zebra finches explain why the color red offers greater mating success in the bird kingdom. Researchers recently identified genes responsible for red pigmentation in birds.

Animals May 22, 2016

This Gene Allows Birds To Produce The Color Red

Scientists were able to discover a gene that is responsible for producing the color red in birds. The study involved zebra finches, which are known for their red beaks.

Animals May 20, 2016

What Birds Are Most Threatened By Global Warming?

Bird species around the globe are under threat from global warming and other man-made conditions, researchers warn. Which species are in the greatest amount of danger?

Animals May 13, 2016

Size Of Migratory Bird Red Knot Shrinking Due To Climate Change

An international team of scientists warned about shrinking red knots, as climate change is taking its toll on the juvenile ones' insect food source. The shorebirds are therefore developing smaller bodies and shorter bills.

Animals May 13, 2016

Biologist Criticized For Snatching Eggs From Nest Of World's Rarest Bird Wins Conservation's 'Nobel Prize'

Welsh biologist Carl Jones received the 2016 Indianapolis Prize, deemed the 'Nobel Prize' of conservationism. He saved at least nine species from extinction, yet employed controversial techniques such as captive breeding.

Animals May 5, 2016

Shape Of Skulls, Beaks Of Birds Of Prey Not Dependent On Diet: Study

Bird beaks often evolve based on a species' diet. Birds of prey, though, are a different case: their beaks developed based on the shape of their skulls.

Animals May 3, 2016

Two Baby Bald Eagles At National Arboretum Get Patriotic Names

The two baby bald eagles being watched by millions of people since they hatched have been named 'Freedom' and 'Liberty'. The voting was made through a social media campaign garnering about 36,000 votes from the public.

Animals April 27, 2016

Ravens, Crows As Clever As Chimps Despite Brain Size

A new study found that ravens and crows are as clever as chimps despite their smaller brain size. Animal intelligence, therefore, may be attributed to other factors such as brain cell density and structure, and not just to brain size alone.

Animals April 27, 2016

Why Did Dinosaurs Go Extinct But Birds Did Not? It's All Thanks To Seeds

Dinosaurs went extinct millions of years ago, but some bird-like dinosaur species managed to survive. Researchers said these prehistoric animals lived on thanks to seeds.

Animals April 23, 2016

Secret Sanctuary Protects Rare Australian Night Parrot

Bush Heritage Australia has procured a secret sanctuary where it can safeguard Australia's night parrot. The elusive bird was so rare it was once thought to be extinct.

Animals April 18, 2016

World's Most Dangerous Bird Walks Into Home, Forces Owners To Hide

A cassowary, dubbed as the world's most dangerous bird, found its way inside a house of an Australian couple. Though the bird stayed there for only a few minutes, it scared the couple who took cover behind the dinner table.

Animals April 17, 2016

Tropical Birds Have Superfast Wing Muscles To Attract Mates

A species of tropical birds were found to have superfast wing movements, which they use to attract mates. Aside from speed, they are also able to exert enough limb force or strength to boost their courtship abilities.

Animals April 14, 2016

California Condors Raise Foster Chick After Egg Went Missing

A pair of California condors recently lost an egg, possibly to a predator. But a team of biologists rappelled to their mountain nest to replace it with a foster egg, which hatched on April 4.

Animals April 7, 2016

Bird Species Respond Differently To Climate Change

Bird species in the United States and European countries respond differently to climate change, a new study revealed. Researchers have found a trend among bird species that fare well and species that do not.

Animals April 1, 2016

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