Science

In Los Angeles, Rich Neighborhoods Enjoy More Street Trees and a Lot More Birds

In Los Angeles, Rich Neighborhoods Enjoy More Street Trees and a Lot More Birds

— City-owned trees—especially native species—offer important habitat for urban birds, a study finds. But the benefits aren't evenly distributed.
 The Bird World Is Grappling With Its Own Confederate Relic: McCown's Longspur

The Bird World Is Grappling With Its Own Confederate Relic: McCown's Longspur

— A grassland species named for an ornithologist who later became a Confederate general, the longspur has sparked a fiery debate over which honorific bird names should be reconsidered. Some say all of them.
How a White-throated Sparrow's New Tune Went Viral

How a White-throated Sparrow's New Tune Went Viral

— A modified dialect of male song began in a local population in western Canada and, in two decades, traveled to birds more than 1,800 miles away.
Mallards Ferry Fish Eggs Between Waterbodies Through Their Poop

Mallards Ferry Fish Eggs Between Waterbodies Through Their Poop

— New research shows that fish eggs don't just survive the journey through a mallard's digestive system intact, but they can still be viable.
Migratory Birds Like Native Berries Best

Migratory Birds Like Native Berries Best

— Even when fruits of invasive plants are abundant, migratory songbirds seek out native berries, according to new research.
These Birds Protect Black Rhinos From Poachers (but Also Drink Their Blood)

These Birds Protect Black Rhinos From Poachers (but Also Drink Their Blood)

— Red-billed Oxpeckers and their critically endangered hosts aren’t the only avian-mammal pairings with a mutually beneficial bond.
When to Expect Hummingbirds in Your Yard This Spring

When to Expect Hummingbirds in Your Yard This Spring

— Flowers are beginning to bloom, and hummingbirds are starting to return from their southern winter sojourns. Here’s a regional guide for when they should arrive and the food they’re seeking.
It’s Not a Huge Deal if We Miss One Season of Climate Watch

It’s Not a Huge Deal if We Miss One Season of Climate Watch

— Scientists have been dealing with fragmentary data for years and have many tools to deal with it.
Flamingos Can Forge Long-Lasting Friendships—and Rivalries

Flamingos Can Forge Long-Lasting Friendships—and Rivalries

— A new study of captive birds found they prefer to hang out with buddies, and some individuals could even be considered social butterflies.
"What's the Deal With Birds?" a New Paper Asks—While Making a Point

"What's the Deal With Birds?" a New Paper Asks—While Making a Point

— In the world of academia, predatory journals with almost no vetting process abound. One researcher had enough.