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February 27, 2017

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February 27, 2017

Feb. 23, 2017 — The shape of birds' eggs varies considerably, for reasons that are unclear, outlines a new ... read more

Those Who Help Each Other Can Invade Harsher Environments

Feb. 20, 2017 — Through cooperation, animals are able to colonize harsher living environments that would otherwise be inaccessible, according to a new study. The research community has long believed this was the ... read more

Desert Songbirds May Face Expanding Threat of Lethal Dehydration

Feb. 13, 2017 — A new study of songbird dehydration and survival risk during heat waves in the desert Southwest suggests that some birds are at risk of lethal dehydration and mass die-offs when water is scarce, and ... read more

Impact of Climate Change on Mammals and Birds 'Greatly Underestimated'

Feb. 13, 2017 — Large numbers of threatened species have already been impacted by climate change, new research concludes. Alarmingly, this team of international researchers found evidence of observed responses to ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — Bird species' distributions and migratory behavior are shifting in response to changes in climate and land-use, but surveys that focus on a particular season can cause scientists to miss trends ... read more

Host Birds Reject Brown Parasitic Eggs More Often the Blue-Green Eggs

Feb. 8, 2017 — Host birds reject brown parasitic eggs more often the blue-green eggs, a new study has ... read more

Feb. 7, 2017 — It had been unclear which physiological signals triggered the birdsdecision to continue their flight. A team has now identified, for the first time, the hormone ghrelin as a signal for the birds ... read more

Researchers Seek to Improve Welfare in Captive Birds of Prey Through Olfactory Enrichment

Feb. 6, 2017 — For the first time, researchers are exploring ways to improve welfare in captive birds of prey through olfactory enrichment -- or using scent cues to alleviate boredom and encourage ... read more

Researchers Investigate Decline in South Africa's Forest-Birds

Feb. 3, 2017 — Forest-dwelling bird species are disappearing from some of South Africa's indigenous forests, with forest birds in the Eastern Cape being the most affected. A new study showed that the ranges of ... read more

Feb. 1, 2017 — New research shows a population of large gulls in Scotland failed to thrive as the fish catch landed by the local fishing fleet ... read more

Migrating Birds May Bring Bird Flu to North America

Jan. 31, 2017 — The highly pathogenic influenza strain currently infecting wild birds and domestic poultry in several European countries could be transmitted to birds in North America as migratory flyways of some ... read more

Too Many Deer Are Bad for the Forest

Jan. 30, 2017 — Overabundant deer can spell trouble for people, including frequent car collisions and the spread of zoonotic diseases. But deer can also disrupt wildlife communities -- such as forest songbirds -- by ... read more

Recent Upsurge of A(H7N9) Flu Cases in China

Jan. 30, 2017 — At present, the most immediate threat to EU citizens is to those living or visiting influenza A(H7N9)-affected areas in China concludes the updated rapid risk assessment. Caution should be taken by ... read more

Conservation of Ivory-Billed Woodpecker's Habitat Urged

Jan. 24, 2017 — The ivory-billed woodpecker's habitat should be protected despite the lack of definitive evidence of this species' existence, according to a new study. Currently, bird conservation efforts ... read more

Team Uncovers Cellular Responses to Bird Flu Vaccine

Jan. 19, 2017 — New research eavesdrops on gene expression in human immune system cells before and after vaccination against bird flu, exposing cellular responses associated with a vaccine constituent called AS03, ... read more

Jan. 19, 2017 — Insects engage in the largest continental migration on Earth, new research indicates. Some 3.5 trillion insects in Southern Britain alone migrate each year – a biomass eight times that of bird ... read more

Jan. 18, 2017 — Researchers are part of an effort that will use weather radar to identify wetland hotspots used by waterfowl during the winter, which in turn can alert poultry growers about the potential risk of ... read more

Evolution of Avian Influenza Examined

Jan. 18, 2017 — Influenza experts have examined how the evolution of proteins found on the surfaces of flu viruses has impacted their ability to infect migratory birds and poultry and cause avian ... read more

Birds of a Feather Flock Together to Confuse Potential Predators

Jan. 17, 2017 — Scientists have created a computer game style experiment which sheds new light on the reasons why starlings flock in massive swirling groups over wintering ... read more

Mapping Movements of Alien Bird Species

Jan. 12, 2017 — A global map of alien bird species has been produced for the first time by a team of researchers. It shows that human activities are the main determinants of how many alien bird species live in an ... read more

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