Asia

Do Birds Have an Inherent Right to Fly?

Do Birds Have an Inherent Right to Fly?

— The Indian Supreme Court is looking at the question in a more liberal—and literal—light.
'Snake Bird' and 'Mountain Echo': What Traditional Names Teach Us About Birds

'Snake Bird' and 'Mountain Echo': What Traditional Names Teach Us About Birds

— In the Indian state of Kerala, citizen birdwatchers are building their first atlas, which includes both English and Malayalam names.
These 5 Countries Are the Biggest Plastic Polluters

These 5 Countries Are the Biggest Plastic Polluters

— Ocean plastic harms seabirds and other wildlife, and a recent report zeroes in on the top culprits.
Day 308: Leaving the Mainland

Day 308: Leaving the Mainland

— Noah fends off bloodsuckers while searching for Sri Lanka's endemics.
Day 307: The Best Little Shorebird in Town

Day 307: The Best Little Shorebird in Town

— Noah's gang picks out a special rarity—among a flock of thousands of other birds.
How Plastic Birds Are Bringing Crested Terns Back From the Brink

How Plastic Birds Are Bringing Crested Terns Back From the Brink

— One man, 300 decoys, and a pair of speakers on a barren island in the East China Sea may just save this critically endangered bird.
Why Is This Golden Eagle Getting a Massage?

Why Is This Golden Eagle Getting a Massage?

— All that pampering is probably making this bird very content.
The Hoopoe: Emissary of Kings, Secreter of Stink

The Hoopoe

— An emissary of kings and inspirer of poets, once it’s home, this bird is all kinds of nasty.
An Appetite for Extinction

An Appetite for Extinction

— Could market hunting drive the Yellow-breasted Bunting the way of the Passenger Pigeon?
Tokyo's Got a Parrot Problem

Tokyo's Got a Parrot Problem

— Feral parakeets, let loose after an exotic pet craze, have taken over the world's largest city.