Science

New Evidence Suggests Birds 'Surf the Green Wave' While Migrating

New Evidence Suggests Birds 'Surf the Green Wave' While Migrating

— In a recent study, scientists found that some birds favor stopover and wintering locations with higher concentrations of vegetation.
New Research Shows Hummingbirds Need Exceptional Brains to Hover

New Research Shows Hummingbirds Need Exceptional Brains to Hover

— Moving in all directions requires some serious brainpower.
So, Apparently Some Woodpeckers Like to Eat the Brains of Baby Birds

So, Apparently Some Woodpeckers Like to Eat the Brains of Baby Birds

— Yes, you read that correctly. And there's video evidence.
Get to Know Margaret Morse Nice, a Pioneer of Bird Study

Get to Know Margaret Morse Nice, a Pioneer of Bird Study

— Through her detailed observations of Song Sparrows, Nice had a huge influence on modern ornithology.
Lucky Birder Captures Only Known Photos of Horned Guans Mating in the Wild

Lucky Birder Captures Only Known Photos of Horned Guans Mating in the Wild

— The amateur photographer was on his first trip to Chiapas' Sierra Madre earlier this year when he documented the endangered birds' behavior.
The Year in Big Ancient-Bird Discoveries

The Year in Big Ancient-Bird Discoveries

— For many reasons, 2016 was a standout year for researchers. Fishy prehistoric puke is just one of them.
By Pitching In Around the Nest, Plover Dads Adapt to Warmer Temperatures

By Pitching In Around the Nest, Plover Dads Adapt to Warmer Temperatures

— A study found that plover dads can compensate for heat waves by helping to incubate eggs, a possible strategy for adjusting to climate change.
New Study Doubles the World’s Number of Bird Species By Redefining 'Species'

New Study Doubles the World’s Number of Bird Species By Redefining 'Species'

— A modified definition of 'species' suggests there are nearly 20,000 different kinds of birds, but the model is controversial and difficult to apply to conservation.
Scientists Discover First Mummified Example of a Feathered Dinosaur Tail

Scientists Discover First Mummified Example of a Feathered Dinosaur Tail

— The rare, amber-encased fossil, which belonged to a young coelurosaur, tells a new story about feather evolution.
Is the Acadian Redfish Helping Puffins Adapt to Climate Change?

Is the Acadian Redfish Helping Puffins Adapt to Climate Change?

— As Atlantic herring follow cooler waters north, rebounding redfish populations have become a vital source of food for some puffin colonies.