Birds in the News

Arctic-Breeding Shorebird Populations Are Plummeting, with No Single Culprit

Arctic-Breeding Shorebird Populations Are Plummeting, with No Single Culprit

— As Arctic shorebird numbers decrease, scientists blame farming, hunting, development, climate change—or all of the above?
Inside the Controversial Vote to Make the Gray Jay Canada's National Bird

Inside the Controversial Vote to Make the Gray Jay Canada's National Bird

— The jay will likely get the title, but representatives for the other four final contenders still have plenty to say about the pick.
New Video Exposes the Yellow-Breasted Chat as a Total Trash Bird

New Video Exposes the Yellow-Breasted Chat as a Total Trash Bird

— Don’t let the mean old city get you down, buddy.
Hundreds of Tufted Puffin Deaths Suggest Dangers of Warming Seas

Hundreds of Tufted Puffin Deaths Suggest Dangers of Warming Seas

— The recent die-off is the latest in a string of mysterious seabird mortalities in the Pacific Ocean.
Landslide Triggered by New Zealand Earthquake Crushes Rare Seabird Colony

Landslide Triggered by New Zealand Earthquake Crushes Rare Seabird Colony

— The 7.8-magnitude earthquake last week might have killed up to a quarter of the world's Hutton's Shearwaters.
The Common Swift Is No Longer the Fastest-Flying Animal

The Common Swift Is No Longer the Fastest-Flying Animal

— And here's a surprise: It wasn't even dethroned by another bird.
Was an Owl the Real Culprit in the Peterson Murder Mystery?

Was an Owl the Real Culprit in the Peterson Murder Mystery?

— A grisly whodunit may rest on the oddest criminal defense theory in recent history. We asked the experts if it’s possible.
The Saga of 16-11, a Star-Crossed Whooping Crane Now in Mating Rehab

The Saga of 16-11, a Star-Crossed Whooping Crane Now in Mating Rehab

— This fall, an endangered Whooping Crane that produced a hybrid chick with a Sandhill Crane had to be removed from the wild. This is his story.
Yes! More Australian Night Parrots Have Been Discovered

Yes! More Australian Night Parrots Have Been Discovered

— The nocturnal bird is so rare that it was once thought to be extinct. This recent discovery gives its struggling population a big boost.
Should the Whooping Crane Shooter's Fine Have Been Higher?

Should the Whooping Crane Shooter's Fine Have Been Higher?

— The Texas man who killed two of the endangered birds will pay $25,810—one-fifth the cost of raising a single Whooping Crane to adulthood.