Science

Listen to the Loudest Bird Ever Recorded

Listen to the Loudest Bird Ever Recorded

— For female White Bellbirds, hearing a suitor's mating call is like putting her head in the speaker at a rock concert, a new study shows.
These ‘Goth Cardinals’ Don't Breed Like All the Other Birds

These ‘Goth Cardinals’ Don't Breed Like All the Other Birds

— Scientists are finally unraveling a 100-year-old mystery about the Phainopepla's unusual nesting behaviors.
North America Has Lost More Than 1 in 4 Birds in Last 50 Years, New Study Says

North America Has Lost More Than 1 in 4 Birds in Last 50 Years, New Study Says

— For the first time, researchers have estimated the volume of total avian loss in the Western Hemisphere—and it’s not just threatened species that are declining. Many backyard favorites are also losing ground.
New Zealand Once Had Giant Penguins and Parrots, but Why?

New Zealand Once Had Giant Penguins and Parrots, but Why?

— Two new fossil discoveries hint at the complex evolution undertaken by the island's ancient—and often huge—birds.
The Secret Lives of Swallow-tailed Kites

The Secret Lives of Swallow-tailed Kites

— Satellite tags are helping us better understand the nesting behaviors and migrations of these agile raptors, which hunt, drink, and bathe on the wing.
Are These Birds Better Than Computers at Predicting Hurricane Seasons?

Are These Birds Better Than Computers at Predicting Hurricane Seasons?

— A nearly two-decade Veery study suggests these feathered forecasters can sense major storms months in advance.
How Orioles Build Those Incredible Hanging Nests

How Orioles Build Those Incredible Hanging Nests

— The delicate-looking structures are stronger than they seem, and come in a variety of shapes and materials.
Disturbing Photo Shows a Black Skimmer Feeding a Cigarette Butt to Its Chick

Disturbing Photo Shows a Black Skimmer Feeding a Cigarette Butt to Its Chick

— The image confirms what many researchers have long suspected—that wild birds mistake the pervasive and harmful litter for food.
Did This Plant Evolve to Look Like a Bunch of Hummingbirds?

Did This Plant Evolve to Look Like a Bunch of Hummingbirds?

— A photo of a strange Australian flower has Redditors proposing all sorts of scientific hypotheses.
Birds Are Living Proof That ‘Forever Chemicals’ Pollute Our Water Supplies

Birds Are Living Proof That ‘Forever Chemicals’ Pollute Our Water Supplies

— Decades of studies show avian eggs and tissues are chock-full of widely used PFAS. Now officials are finally taking action for public health.