Science

Could Alaska's Songbirds Defend Themselves If Cuckoos Invade?

Could Alaska's Songbirds Defend Themselves If Cuckoos Invade?

— Using 3D-printed "cuckoo" eggs, researchers found that native birds will be in big trouble if the foreign nest parasites ever colonize.
More Birds Rely on Special Molting Locations Than We Realized

More Birds Rely on Special Molting Locations Than We Realized

— New research shows that many North American songbirds log extra miles to refresh their feathers before migrating.
The Canadian Rockies Are Overflowing With Hybrid Birds

The Canadian Rockies Are Overflowing With Hybrid Birds

— A history of glaciers and warm spells has turned the region into a special place where species and subspecies mate.
The Unprecedented Case of Co-Parenting Mama Owls

The Unprecedented Case of Co-Parenting Mama Owls

— Such behavior had been unheard of in Great Horned Owls—until a live cam captured this atypical family.
Why I Use Comics to Share My Love of Birds and Science

Why I Use Comics to Share My Love of Birds and Science

— Rosemary Mosco, creator of the comic “Bird and Moon,” on how humor, animals, and cartoons are a natural fit.
Acid-Covered Caterpillars Are a Delicacy for Migrating Swainson's Hawks

Acid-Covered Caterpillars Are a Delicacy for Migrating Swainson's Hawks

— Each spring, thousands of the ravenous raptors descend on California's Anza-Borrego desert to gorge themselves on a buffet of moth larvae.
Which Birds Produce the Most Hybrids?

Which Birds Produce the Most Hybrids?

— Here are the three groups you should pay especially close attention to.
New Bird-of-Paradise Slides Around Sporting a Bright-Blue Frown

New Bird-of-Paradise Slides Around Sporting a Bright-Blue Frown

— Turns out the smiley Superb Bird-of-Paradise has a sister species, and its moves are quite different. Judge the video evidence for yourself.
Paleontology and Private Fossil Collecting Can Be at Odds in the Hills of Wyoming

Paleontology and Private Fossil Collecting Can Be at Odds in the Hills of Wyoming

— With commercial demand for fossils high, scientists worry valuable discoveries from the bird-rich Green River Formation are being lost.
Research Reveals Exactly Why Peregrine Falcons Are so Deadly

Research Reveals Exactly Why Peregrine Falcons Are so Deadly

— Cameras and simulations are finally enabling scientists to study the nuances of the raptors' extreme hunting techniques.