Better Know a Bird

Harris’s Hawks Hunt Like Wolves to Bring Down Dangerous Prey

Harris’s Hawks Hunt Like Wolves to Bring Down Dangerous Prey

— Teaming up helps these agile raptors take on animals twice their size. But we’re still not sure why they stand on each other.
Better Know a Bird: The American Coot and Its Wonderfully Weird Feet

Better Know a Bird: The American Coot and Its Wonderfully Weird Feet

— The odd-looking foot is perfectly built for getting around on land or water. It's not bad for a little wrestling, either.
Better Know a Bird: The Wild and Kinky Mating Rituals of the Crested Auklet

Better Know a Bird: The Wild and Kinky Mating Rituals of the Crested Auklet

— These quirky birds spend their summers decked out in fluorescent bill plates, extravagant headdresses, and tangerine perfume—and they pass the time with rambunctious sex parties.
Better Know a Bird: The Clark's Nutcracker and Its Obsessive Seed Hoarding

Better Know a Bird: The Clark's Nutcracker and Its Obsessive Seed Hoarding

— Hiding away tens of thousands of pine seeds every year makes the nutcracker a prolific natural forester.