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Lady Lyrebirds Have a Voice, Too
March 16, 2018
— They were always singing. We were just distracted by the males.
How Expecting Mother Birds Can Prepare Chicks for a Risky World
March 13, 2018
— We’ve long assumed that stress is bad. But new research shows that it has some unexpected upsides, too.
Most Female Raptors Are Bigger and Stronger Than Males, but Why?
March 12, 2018
— Despite many scientific studies, there's still no consensus on why this disparity exists in birds of prey.
There's a New Theory for Why Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers Look So Alike
February 26, 2018
— A feeder-based study found Downys are bullies—and it might explain their copycat looks.
Why Is This Northern Cardinal Yellow?
February 22, 2018
— Yes, that is a cardinal. We asked experts how this redbird might have gotten its golden feathers.
It's Official: Flamingos Belong in Florida
February 21, 2018
— New historical evidence suggests the Sunshine State’s leggy pink emblems aren’t just escaped captives—they’re heralds of a species in recovery.
Ecologists Bested by Drone in a Competition to Count Birds
February 16, 2018
— A novel experiment pitted a drone against experienced wildlife spotters to estimate the size of faux flocks. Despite the results, some ornithologists are wary of the new technology.
A Lifetime of Hammering Trees Might Affect Woodpecker Brains After All
February 9, 2018
— A new study into the woodpecker brain shows proteins linked to CTE in football players, but it’s unclear whether birds suffer the same fate
For Birds, a Steady Head Is the Key to Incredible Focus
February 6, 2018
— A recent video of a hunting kingfisher demonstrates how birds are uniquely adapted to stabilize their gaze.
How Vultures Can Eat Rotten Meat Without Getting Sick
February 5, 2018
— As nature's clean-up crew, these birds have developed a potent set of adaptations to consume carrion.
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