Science

This Bizarre Bird Is a Master of Choreography

This Bizarre Bird Is a Master of Choreography

— Queen Bey would approve.
How the House Sparrow Conquered the World Is Encoded in Its Genes

How the House Sparrow Conquered the World Is Encoded in Its Genes

— The species, found in urban areas around the globe, can digest starchy grains—which helps explain its close bond with people and its love of pizza.
Why Maine's Baby Puffins Are Growing So Slowly This Year

Why Maine's Baby Puffins Are Growing So Slowly This Year

— Many pufflings still have their immature downy feathers and have yet to fledge—signs of climate change tampering with seabird diets and survival.
Bird Population Plummets in Piñon Forests Pummeled by Climate Change

Bird Population Plummets in Piñon Forests Pummeled by Climate Change

— In just a decade, three quarters of birds vanished after drought, heat stress, and beetles killed millions of piñon trees in the southwest.
Court Orders EPA to Ban Pesticide Harmful to Children and Birds Within 60 Days

Court Orders EPA to Ban Pesticide Harmful to Children and Birds Within 60 Days

— Last year the agency revoked a proposed ban on chlorpyrifos, which causes brain damage, against the recommendation of its own science.
What Are Fecal Sacs? Bird Diapers, Basically

What Are Fecal Sacs? Bird Diapers, Basically

— That's right, many chicks produce a portable case for their poop. Here are some possible reasons why.
Bering Island Was a Giant, Extinct Seabird’s Last Stand

Bering Island Was a Giant, Extinct Seabird’s Last Stand

— New fossils show that the Spectacled Cormorant, an enormous bird once native to Japan, had a much wider range than anyone thought.
Think Crow Funerals Are Strange? Wait Until You See the Wake

Think Crow Funerals Are Strange? Wait Until You See the Wake

— New research shows that American Crows will occasionally interact with the dead—including engaging in necrophilia.
Here's Why This Mama Merganser Has More Than 50 Ducklings

Here's Why This Mama Merganser Has More Than 50 Ducklings

— A photographer in Minnesota recently captured an adorable shot of a Common Merganser followed by dozens of fuzzy babies.
Great Horned Owl Takes Another Chick From Hog Island Osprey Nest

Great Horned Owl Takes Another Chick From Hog Island Osprey Nest

— Four nights after the first attack, the owl returned to Steve and Rachel’s nest despite the recent addition of lights as a deterrent.