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July 4, 2015

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July 4, 2015

June 18, 2015 — The line between bird species is sometimes blurry, with related species interbreeding where their ranges overlap to create populations of hybrid offspring. A new study shows that in the Saltmarsh ... read more

June 18, 2015 — The song of the male nightingale tells females how good a father he will be, according to research. The study shows that better singers will feed their offspring more often, and that they advertise ... read more

June 17, 2015 — Songbirds in the scrublands of southern Zambia are engaged in a high-stakes arms race that they wage with colors and patterns on their eggs. It's a battle that's probably being fought ... read more

Understanding How Animals Make Sense of the Auditory World

June 17, 2015 — Sit down with a friend in a quiet restaurant and begin talking, just before the dinner crowd’s arrival. Business is slow at first, but picks up quickly, just like the sound level. Discussions are ... read more

June 16, 2015 — A study has revealed the importance of single males in small, threatened populations. Results from a study of endangered New Zealand hihi birds shows that bachelor males who don't hold breeding ... read more

June 11, 2015 — Cuckoo finches in Africa have adopted a unique disguise to help them lay their eggs in other birds' nests, biologists have ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Everyone likes things that are bad for them sometimes --including birds. When an animal makes choices that are harmful for it, by reducing their lifespan, reproductive success, etc., this is known as ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Petrel fledglings leave the nest after dark, but these marine birds' maiden flights towards the sea are hampered by city lights. Many collide or fall to the ground where they are in danger of ... read more

June 9, 2015 — Having a hierarchical social structure with just a few well-connected leaders enables pigeon flocks to navigate more accurately on the wing, new research ... read more

June 9, 2015 — Scientists have found remnants that have some similarities to red blood cells and collagen fibres in fragments of dinosaur ... read more

June 8, 2015 — Work from a research team is seeking to produce synthetic particles that mimic the tiny packets of melanin found in feathers. These tiny packets of synthetic melanin produce structural color, like in ... read more

June 8, 2015 — Neurobiologists have discovered cells in the crow brain that respond to a specific number of items. The study provides valuable insights into the biological roots of counting capabilities. What makes ... read more

Loon Chicks Grow Fast, Fledge Early to Give Parents a Break

June 8, 2015 — Raising healthy chicks is always a challenge, but in a cold, fish-free Arctic lake, it's an enormous undertaking. Red-throated Loon parents must constantly fly back and forth between their ... read more

June 5, 2015 — For one of Britain's best-loved and colorful group of insects, ladybirds, the brightness of their color reveals the extent of their toxicity to predators, according to new research. Although red ... read more

June 5, 2015 — Birds use a thumb-like structure on the wing to create a small vortex which makes their turns and landings smooth, new research shows. This is the first time that researchers have found evidence that ... read more

June 4, 2015 — Some near-extinct species should be encouraged to breed in the wild rather than in captivity, according to new research. The study looks at the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis ... read more

June 4, 2015 — In 1913 in Southern California, two 241-mile-long electric lines began carrying power from hydroelectric dams in the Sierra Nevada to customers in Los Angeles--a massive feat of infrastructure. In ... read more

Research Points to Effective Methods of Freezing Avian Red Blood Cells

June 4, 2015 — Birds, like people, can suffer from conditions where a blood transfusion is a necessary life-saving measure. But in many instances, unless an avian donor is readily available, accessing blood is ... read more

June 4, 2015 — In many animal species, the chromosomes differ between the sexes. The male has a Y chromosome. In some animals, however, for example birds, it is the other way round. In birds, the females have their ... read more

June 3, 2015 — Continent-wide bird surveys play an important role in conservation, says an avian ecologist, but they can miss rare or isolated species whose habitat is off the beaten path, such as at high elevation ... read more

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