Science

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.
Hybrid Chickadees Are Terrible at Memory Games

Hybrid Chickadees Are Terrible at Memory Games

— An evolutionary kink from crossbreeding might affect the birds' ability to survive in harsh conditions.
Why Anusha Shankar Doesn't Mind Being the 'Hummingbird Pee Person'

Why Anusha Shankar Doesn't Mind Being the 'Hummingbird Pee Person'

— By studying how the birds burn energy, the scientist hopes to better understand how animals can survive in a changing world.
This Little Warbler Could Lead to Big Discoveries About Migration

This Little Warbler Could Lead to Big Discoveries About Migration

— After bouncing back from near extinction, the Kirtland's Warbler is helping scientists understand the outsize role of winter habitat for migratory birds.