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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Snake-Hunting Secretary Birds Use Force of Five Times Their Body Weight to Stamp On, Kill Their Prey

Jan. 25, 2016 — Snake-hunting Secretary Birds use the force of five times their body weight to stamp on and kill their prey. Researchers have discovered that Secretary Birds can kick with 195 Newtons, which is ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — A well-known songbird, the great tit, has revealed its genetic code, offering researchers new insight into how species adapt to a changing planet. Their initial findings suggest that epigenetics -- ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — Wild Aegean wall lizards found on Greek islands choose to sit on rocks that better match their individual coloring, new research shows. This improves camouflage and so reduces the risk of being ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — When Charles Darwin visited the Azores islands in the 19th Century, the birds he observed were familiar to him. However, if he had travelled there 500 years before, he would have found an ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — A study of reed warbler behavior reveals for the first time that in assessing the risks posed by cuckoos the birds combine information from multiple sources. An 'information highway' ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — Cuckoos are nest parasites, meaning they lay their eggs in other birds' nests. The female cuckoo has to lay eggs that mimic the color, size and shape of the eggs of the host bird. Using a ... read more

Do Animals Exercise to Keep Fit?

Jan. 20, 2016 — From joining a gym to taking up running, getting fit is a perennially popular new year's resolution. We lead sedentary lifestyles and have easy access to energy-rich food, so we need to do ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — A new species of bird has been described in north-eastern India and adjacent parts of China by a team of scientists. The bird has been named the Himalayan Forest Thrush, Zoothera ... read more

Swedish Capercaillies Are Becoming Real Citizens in Brandenburg

Jan. 19, 2016 — Using molecular genetic tools, scientists have demonstrated the existence of a grandchildren’s generation of capercaillies in the south of Brandenburg in East Germany. A pilot conservation project ... read more

Jan. 14, 2016 — Changes in brain circuitry occur as young zebra finches go from listening to their fathers' songs to knowing the songs themselves, according to a new ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — A research team is looking at how adding alum as an amendment to poultry litter reduces ammonia and greenhouse gas concentrations and emissions, specifically carbon dioxide, in poultry ... read more

Jan. 12, 2016 — Research on Bengalese finches showed that each of their vocal muscles can change its function to help produce different parameters of sounds, in a manner similar to that of a trained opera ... read more

Satellite Transmitters Used to Study Sandhill Crane Ecology

Jan. 12, 2016 — A research team is studying sandhill crane migration at New Mexico wintering locations. Satellite transmitters are affixed to the cranes and provide 12 GPS fixes per day and last 3 to 5 years. The ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — The puff adder, Bitis Arietans, one of Africa's most abundant and venomous snake species has long been known to be a master of camouflage, but research has shown that it is the first land animal ... read more

Jan. 11, 2016 — Backyard chickens may live a sweeter life than chickens on commercial poultry farms, but roaming green grass and scratching real dirt exposes these birds to a different suite of parasites than those ... read more

New NDV-H5NX Avian Influenza Vaccine Has Potential for Mass Vaccination of Poultry

Jan. 7, 2016 — In the course of three months, researchers were able to develop and test a new vaccine that protects chickens and other poultry from multiple strains of avian influenza found in the U.S., including ... read more

Jan. 7, 2016 — Oceanographers consider whether Adelie penguins and gentoo penguins -- newcomers to the Palmer Station region over the last two decades -- may be competing for the same food resources and whether ... read more

Jan. 7, 2016 — Dinosaurs engaged in mating behavior similar to modern birds, leaving the fossil evidence behind in 100 million year old rocks, according to new research. Ancient fossilized scrapes recently ... read more

Dogfighting Bees Perform Aerial Combat Right at Researcher’s Front Door

Jan. 6, 2016 — Simple consumer-grade equipment was used to study the combat flight behaviors of carpenter bees right at the researcher’s ... read more

Monitoring Chicken Flock Behaviour Could Help Combat Leading Cause of Food Poisoning

Jan. 6, 2016 — A new technique that monitors the movement of chickens can be used to predict which flocks are at risk of becoming infected with Campylobacter -- the most common bacterial source of food poisoning in ... read more

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