Science

Misunderstanding Between Caterpillar and Hummingbird Leads to High-Stakes Face Off

Misunderstanding Between Caterpillar and Hummingbird Leads to High-Stakes Face Off

— When a cleverly disguised caterpillar spooked a nesting Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, a dramatic exchange ensued.
Lady Lyrebirds Have a Voice, Too

Lady Lyrebirds Have a Voice, Too

— They were always singing. We were just distracted by the males.
How Expecting Mother Birds Can Prepare Chicks for a Risky World

How Expecting Mother Birds Can Prepare Chicks for a Risky World

— We’ve long assumed that stress is bad. But new research shows that it has some unexpected upsides, too.
Most Female Raptors Are Bigger and Stronger Than Males, but Why?

Most Female Raptors Are Bigger and Stronger Than Males, but Why?

— Despite many scientific studies, there's still no consensus on why this disparity exists in birds of prey.
There's a New Theory for Why Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers Look So Alike

There's a New Theory for Why Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers Look So Alike

— A feeder-based study found Downys are bullies—and it might explain their copycat looks.
Why Is This Northern Cardinal Yellow?

Why Is This Northern Cardinal Yellow?

— Yes, that is a cardinal. We asked experts how this redbird might have gotten its golden feathers.
It's Official: Flamingos Belong in Florida

It's Official: Flamingos Belong in Florida

— New historical evidence suggests the Sunshine State’s leggy pink emblems aren’t just escaped captives—they’re heralds of a species in recovery.
Ecologists Bested by Drone in a Competition to Count Birds

Ecologists Bested by Drone in a Competition to Count Birds

— A novel experiment pitted a drone against experienced wildlife spotters to estimate the size of faux flocks. Despite the results, some ornithologists are wary of the new technology.
A Lifetime of Hammering Trees Might Affect Woodpecker Brains After All

A Lifetime of Hammering Trees Might Affect Woodpecker Brains After All

— A new study into the woodpecker brain shows proteins linked to CTE in football players, but it’s unclear whether birds suffer the same fate
For Birds, a Steady Head Is the Key to Incredible Focus

For Birds, a Steady Head Is the Key to Incredible Focus

— A recent video of a hunting kingfisher demonstrates how birds are uniquely adapted to stabilize their gaze.