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November 27, 2015

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November 27, 2015

Nov. 18, 2015 — Farmers can maintain high yields and boost nature by signing up to a wildlife-friendly scheme, new research suggests. The research suggests that some government schemes designed to encourage farmers ... read more

Bird Decline Shows That Climate Change Is More Than Just Hot Air

Nov. 16, 2015 — Scientists have long known that birds are feeling the heat due to climate change. However, a new study of a dozen affected species in the Western Cape suggests their decline is more complex than ... read more

Nov. 13, 2015 — Phenological mismatches, or a mistiming between creatures and the prey and plants they eat, is one of the biggest known impacts of climate change on ecological systems. But a new study finds that one ... read more

Wild Birds Choose Love Over Food

Nov. 12, 2015 — Wild birds will sacrifice access to food in order to stay close to their partner over the winter, according to a new ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — People feeding white ibises at public parks are turning the normally independent birds into beggars, and now researchers say it might also be helping spread disease. They recently launched a study to ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — They might be looking quite identical, but each of the populations of two owl species, living in the opposite hemispheres, might actually turn out to be yet another kind. This suggestion has been ... read more

The Great Tit Bird Is Less Attractive Due to Exposure to Heavy Metals

Nov. 5, 2015 — Heavy metals, the result of contamination, may be toxic for animals to the extent of affecting their reproduction and physiology. This is the case with the great tit, a species of bird whose plumage ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — Wing color patterns of butterflies perform different signalling functions, from avoiding bird predators to attracting potential mates. Such conflicting natural and sexual selection pressures may ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — In a finding that could change the way scientists think about bird evolution, researchers have found that the shape of bird wings is influenced more by how closely related species are to one another ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — The Forty-spotted Pardalote, an endangered Tasmanian songbird, has been experiencing unexplained declines in its remaining habitat, and a new study describes how competition with a related species ... read more

Gulls Follow Ducks to Find Dinner

Nov. 5, 2015 — Gulls have learned to follow diving ducks and take the bottom-dwelling mussels that the ducks bring to the surface, a food source that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. Gulls are one of the ... read more

Nov. 4, 2015 — The evolution of male songbirds as the colorful consorts of drab female partners is more complicated than long thought, says a researcher on a team that looked at nearly 6,000 species for a massive ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — In a study comparing physical traits of female and male monarchs, researchers found that although female monarchs have smaller wings and smaller flight muscles than males, their wings are thicker and ... read more

Risk Assessment, for the Birds

Nov. 2, 2015 — Every year, backyard songbirds across the United States make an arduous journey to warmer winter climes. They migrate hundreds of miles, occasionally braving tough terrain and nasty weather. ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — A new study explores how a young cowbird, left as an egg in the nest of a different species, grows up to know it's a cowbird and not a warbler, thrush or ... read more

Nov. 2, 2015 — A new study is the first to fully document the demographic impacts of West Nile virus on North American bird populations. Data from bird-banding stations shows more species were hit than suspected, ... read more

Oct. 28, 2015 — An undergraduate paleontology student has discovered an Ornithomimus dinosaur with preserved tail feathers and soft tissue. The discovery is shedding light on the convergent evolution of these ... read more

Birds Require Multiple Sperm to Penetrate Eggs to Ensure Normal Embryo Development

Oct. 27, 2015 — Unlike humans, birds require multiple sperm to penetrate an egg to enable their chicks to develop ... read more

Oct. 26, 2015 — Can animals recognize distantly related, unfamiliar individuals of the same species? Siberian jays possess this ability as evolutionary biologists recently could demonstrate for the first time. This ... read more

Study Finds Migration Strategy Predicts Stopover Ecology in Shorebirds

Oct. 22, 2015 — Migration strategies reflect a complex interplay between time and condition, say researchers -- key metrics that determine the success of a migration ... read more

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