Science

What Exactly Are Flamingos Anyway?

What Exactly Are Flamingos Anyway?

— Are they herons? Some type of ibis? And why are they pink?
Under Metallic Starling Colonies, Wildlife Gather for Impromptu Feeding Frenzies

Under Metallic Starling Colonies, Wildlife Gather for Impromptu Feeding Frenzies

— More than 40 species—including rare cockatoos and tree snakes—are drawn to these pop-up ecosystems during Australia's monsoon season.
Get Lost in These Entrancing Photos of Exotic Museum Specimens

Get Lost in These Entrancing Photos of Exotic Museum Specimens

— For a recent project, artist Ernest Goh took inspiration from naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace and the Malay Archipelago's rich faunal history.
The Clever Ways Common Redpolls Survive Harsh Northern Winters

The Clever Ways Common Redpolls Survive Harsh Northern Winters

— Instead of flying south, these birds hunker down—and eat a lot.
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.
Why Frigatebirds Can't Float

Why Frigatebirds Can't Float

— The seabirds can stay aloft over the open ocean for months, but they don't really have a choice.
The Surprising Way Seabird Poop Helps Keep the Arctic Cool

The Surprising Way Seabird Poop Helps Keep the Arctic Cool

— New research suggests that the ammonia in seabird waste plays a part in the formation of sunlight-reflecting clouds.
The Origins of Our Misguided Hatred for Pigeons

The Origins of Our Misguided Hatred for Pigeons

— Perhaps the problem with those “rats with wings” lies with us, not them.
Why Do Some Seabirds Eat So Much Plastic? It Smells Like Food.

Why Do Some Seabirds Eat So Much Plastic? It Smells Like Food.

— New research shows that certain seabirds associate a scent produced by common plastics with potential meals—much to their detriment.
How Golden Eagles Spot Prey from Incredible Distances

How Golden Eagles Spot Prey from Incredible Distances

— The secret is in the density of their visual cells.