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Rat Infestation In Oceanic Islands Deprives Coral Reefs Of Nutrients From Bird Poop

Birds in rat-free islands in the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean average 1,243 per hectare. The ratio is just two in rat-infested islands. Here's how the decimation of seabirds by rodents affects the health of nearby coral reefs.

Earth/Environment July 12, 2018

West Nile Virus Reported In Over 20 States In 2018

Over 20 U.S. states have reported cases of West Nile virus in humans, mosquitoes, and birds since the beginning of 2018. The presence of the disease in birds is actually one way to test the disease's presence in a location.

Public Health July 8, 2018

Drunken Seagulls Found Lurching On Beaches: What Happens When Birds Consume Alcohol?

The number of drunken seagulls brought to an animal charity in the United Kingdom increased in the past two weeks. Authorities suspected that the birds might have consumed alcohol from the waste products of local breweries.

Animals July 7, 2018

Here’s Why Parrots Are Intelligent According To Neuroscientists

Neuroscientists found that a region of parrot brains functions similarly with a specific part of human brains. They called this convergent evolution and suspected that this might be the reason why parrots are more intelligent than other bird species.

Animals July 4, 2018

Study Proves That The T. Rex Could Not Stick Its Tongue Out Because It Was Stuck In Its Mouth

Scientists revealed that many dinosaurs, such as the Tyrannosaurus rex, could not stick their tongues out. They examined the hyoid fossils of dinosaurs to determine this.

Animals June 20, 2018

These Male Birds Smell Like Tangerines To Seduce Females

Male crested auklets make their own tangerine-scented cologne to attract new mates. Courtship begins with the birds entwining their necks together and rubbing their bright orange bills in each other’s feathers to get a whiff of that seductive tangerine smell.

Animals May 28, 2018

Asteroid That Killed Dinosaurs Affected The Evolution Of Birds By Eliminating Trees

The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs had immense an immense biological impact on the species all across the world. By eliminating trees, this reduced the types of bird that survived the collision.

Ancient May 25, 2018

3D Construction Of Ancient Bird Fossils Offers Clue On How Dinosaurs Transitioned To Modern-Day Birds With Beaks

A three-dimensional representation of fossils of the Ichthyornis dispar revealed how the dinosaurs transitioned to modern-day birds with beaks. Most importantly, the 3D construction showed what the first bird beak looked like.

Animals May 3, 2018

Climate Change Causes Bird Chicks To Hatch Late Leaving Them Starving

Climate change causes warmer springs that lead birds such as the great tits, the blue tits, and pied flycatcher hatching too late to catch their main food source. Global warming also affects the food supply of other species.

Earth/Environment April 24, 2018

Devoted Male Stork Flies 14,000 Kilometers For 16 Consecutive Years To Meet Beloved Female Stork

A love story of two storks had captured the hearts of many. People were extraordinarily charmed with how the male stork kept his loyalty to his sweetheart despite having to fly thousands of kilometers yearly.

Earth/Environment April 19, 2018

Peregrine Falcons Are Able To Outmaneuver Their Prey At Speeds Of 220 Miles Per Hour

Peregrine falcons can travel at the same speeds as Formula One cars while trying to catch their prey. One of their maneuvers is only possible at faster speeds.

Animals April 12, 2018

Birds See Magnetic Fields With A Special Protein In Their Eyes: That's How They Navigate

Scientists may have identified the protein that allows birds to see magnetic fields. The molecule, known as Cry4, is believed to be reason why birds are capable of navigating through long distances without getting lost.

Animals April 4, 2018

Feathered Dinosaur Archaeopteryx Could Fly But Not Similar To Modern Birds

The archaeopteryx was capable of flying when it lived during the late Jurassic Period 150 million years ago. Analysis of the feathered dinosaur wing bones, however, revealed they did not fly as gracefully as modern birds.

Animals March 14, 2018

Prehistoric Baby Bird Fossil Could Shed Light On Avian Evolution

A 127-million-year-old tiny fossil of a baby bird could throw light on the evolution of birds in the age of the dinosaurs. The fossil belongs to a group of prehistoric birds known as Enantiornithes.

Ancient March 6, 2018

Penguin Supercolony In Antarctica Discovered Through Pictures From Space

NASA satellite imagery revealed telltale signs of guano suggestive of a previously undiscovered penguin supercolony on the Danger Islands in Antarctica. How many birds did researchers survey in the area?

Animals March 2, 2018

Arabica Or Robusta? Birds Love Eating Coffee Beans And Have Preference, Study Says

A recent study found that birds love eating arabica and robusta coffee beans from plantations in India. Like humans, they also have a preference when it comes to coffee beans.

Animals February 24, 2018

Noise Pollution From Oil And Gas Operations Causes PTSD-like Symptoms In Birds

Even the most noise-tolerant bird species are stressed by industrial noise pollution from oil and gas companies and the effects on them are precarious. Noise pollution, according to a study, is causing PTSD-like symptoms in birds that affect their reproduction.

Animals January 11, 2018

Scientists Discover Amazon’s Golden-Crowned Manakin To Be Rare Evolved Hybrids

The golden-crowned manakin was found by scientists to be an “incredibly rare” hybrid after analyzing its DNA. What makes this bird from the Amazon rainforest so special?

Animals December 27, 2017

Finches In Galapagos Island Evolved In Just Two Generations: Here Are Other Animals That Are Rapidly Evolving

The Big Birds became reproductively isolated from the native birds on Daphne Major, a tiny Galapagos island, in just two generations. Here are other species that are evolving fast.

Animals November 25, 2017

British Great Tits Are Evolving Longer Beaks Because Of Bird Feeders

The said British national pastime of bird feeding may have caused British tits to rapidly develop longer beaks. The birds with the longer beaks evidently visit automated bird feeders more often that those with shorter beaks.

Animals October 19, 2017

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

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