Science

Scientists Enlist Drones to Eavesdrop on Songbirds

Scientists Enlist Drones to Eavesdrop on Songbirds

— Using drones equipped with audio recorders, a team of researchers is testing whether the technology could aid in field surveys.
Researchers Identify the Hormone That Tells Migratory Birds to Stop Eating and Keep Moving

Researchers Identify the Hormone That Tells Migratory Birds to Stop Eating and Keep Moving

— According to a new study, the same hormone that signals to humans we've eaten our fill triggers migrating birds to continue their trek.
In a Hotter World, Desert Birds Will Face a Much Higher Risk of Dehydration

In a Hotter World, Desert Birds Will Face a Much Higher Risk of Dehydration

— As the climate changes, desert-dwelling birds are going to need more oases than ever to stay cool and hydrated, according to a new study.
Birding Bucket List: See Millions of Short-tailed Shearwaters Amass at Unimak Pass

Birding Bucket List: See Millions of Short-tailed Shearwaters Amass at Unimak Pass

— Every summer, the birds flock in staggering numbers to feast in the food-rich waters around the Aleutian Islands.
How Crossbills and Other Birds Are Rewriting the Rules of Evolution

How Crossbills and Other Birds Are Rewriting the Rules of Evolution

— A possible new crossbill species is the latest example of how genetic research is giving us surprising insights into the ways animals evolve.
How a Kingfisher's Call Concealed an Unknown Species of Frog

How a Kingfisher's Call Concealed an Unknown Species of Frog

— In India, a group of herpetologists recently discovered a new amphibian that sounds a lot like a White-throated Kingfisher.
A Beak Boom Millions of Years Ago Created the Diversity of Bird Bills We Know Today

A Beak Boom Millions of Years Ago Created the Diversity of Bird Bills We Know Today

— The variety of fantastic bill shapes we know today first came about in a sudden burst, and then slowly evolved over the next 65 million years, according to a new study.
How Lasers Are Revealing Hidden Evolutionary Clues in Ancient Bird Fossils

How Lasers Are Revealing Hidden Evolutionary Clues in Ancient Bird Fossils

— Using a special lighting technique, researchers have already made several surprising discoveries about one early species of feathered dinosaur.
Uh-Oh: A Little-Known Impact of Climate Change Boosts Mercury in Food Chains

Uh-Oh: A Little-Known Impact of Climate Change Boosts Mercury in Food Chains

— Mercury wreaks havoc on birds—and climate change may make it more common in some coastal food webs, according to a new study.
Possible Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Footage Breathes Life Into Extinction Debate

Possible Ivory-Billed Woodpecker Footage Breathes Life Into Extinction Debate

— After searching for hundreds of hours and analyzing new evidence, a scientist has little doubt that the bird still exists. But does the jury agree?