Science

Despite Their Tiny Brains, These African Birds Can Form Complex Relationships

Despite Their Tiny Brains, These African Birds Can Form Complex Relationships

— A new study finds that Vulturine Guineafowl live in multilevel societies, marking the first time such behavior has been described in avians.
Borneo's Elusive Spectacled Flowerpecker Is No Longer a Mystery

Borneo's Elusive Spectacled Flowerpecker Is No Longer a Mystery

— After a decade since its first sighing, the bird has finally been formally described as a new species, but much remains unknown about its ecology.
How Chickens Could Inspire New Treatments for Deafness

How Chickens Could Inspire New Treatments for Deafness

— Birds can't lose their hearing. So why do we?
The World’s Top Natural History Museums Have a Male Bird Bias

The World’s Top Natural History Museums Have a Male Bird Bias

— A new study finds that only 40 percent of bird specimens are female, a skew in the biodiversity catalogue that limits ecological research.
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.