Science

Ecologists Bested by Drone in a Competition to Count Birds

Ecologists Bested by Drone in a Competition to Count Birds

— 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

A Lifetime of Hammering Trees Might Affect Woodpecker Brains After All

— 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

For Birds, a Steady Head Is the Key to Incredible Focus

— 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

How Vultures Can Eat Rotten Meat Without Getting Sick

— As nature's clean-up crew, these birds have developed a potent set of adaptations to consume carrion.
Birds-of-Paradise Have Feathers That Act Like Black Holes

Birds-of-Paradise Have Feathers That Act Like Black Holes

— The glamorous species use their bodies to trap light so female birds can't look away.
Who Wins the Feeder War?

Who Wins the Feeder War?

— When it's time to eat, research shows there's a pecking order—and the winners aren't always who you'd think.
This Newly Discovered Dino-Bird Sported Flashy, Iridescent Feathers

This Newly Discovered Dino-Bird Sported Flashy, Iridescent Feathers

— A Chinese fossil suggests that some feathered dinosaurs flaunted glamorous getups to rival the colorful displays of modern birds.
Birds Have Built-In Goggles

Birds Have Built-In Goggles

— A third eyelid provides the extra protection needed to fly and hunt.
The Bomb Cyclone Forced Hundreds of Killdeers to Bermuda

The Bomb Cyclone Forced Hundreds of Killdeers to Bermuda

— The birds typically stay on the U.S. mainland all winter, but this month's extreme weather resulted in an influx of visitors to the island.
Albatross Populations Suffer a Double Whammy of Human Activity

Albatross Populations Suffer a Double Whammy of Human Activity

— Climate change and bycatch are creating a ‘toxic cocktail’ for seabirds on an Antarctic island.