Asia

This Japanese Woodcarver Helps the Blind See Birds Through Touch

This Japanese Woodcarver Helps the Blind See Birds Through Touch

— Haruo Uchiyama sculpts intricate, life-size birds to teach the world about evolution and extinction. His current mission: modeling 40 species of Hawaiian honeycreepers.
Good Grammar Is a Matter of Life or Death for Japanese Tits

Good Grammar Is a Matter of Life or Death for Japanese Tits

— These chatty birds string their sentences together in a specific order to rally friends and fend off foes.
‘Ravens,’ One of the 20th Century's Best Photography Books, Is Back on Shelves

‘Ravens,’ One of the 20th Century's Best Photography Books, Is Back on Shelves

— Masahisa Fukase’s seminal series on loss and solitude, channeled through corvids, is an avant-garde work of self-reflection.
There's an Ancient Bond Between Mongolia's Hunters and Golden Eagles

There's an Ancient Bond Between Mongolia's Hunters and Golden Eagles

— Since the time of Kublai Kahn, the Kazakh people have allied with raptors to find sustenance in a barren, mountainous land.
A Stunning Look at the First 3-D Prehistoric Bird Wings Ever Found by Scientists

A Stunning Look at the First 3-D Prehistoric Bird Wings Ever Found by Scientists

— The fossils were discovered in Myanmar amber—a form of mummification that's typical for insects.
Meet the Bird With a Full-Time Bodyguard

Meet the Bird With a Full-Time Bodyguard

— This young crane got a little lost—and found hundreds of fans instead.
Birding on the Rise in Beijing

Birding on the Rise in Beijing

— Even the city’s notorious pollution hasn’t stopped this growing trend.
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.