Better Know a Bird

Chuck-will's-widows Sometimes Swallow Songbirds Whole, Apparently?

Chuck-will's-widows Sometimes Swallow Songbirds Whole, Apparently?

— A handful of scientific records make this one of the few things researchers know about these mysterious, big-mouthed nightjars.
Better Know a Bird: How Harris’s Hawks Hunt Like Wolves to Bring Down Prey

Better Know a Bird: How Harris’s Hawks Hunt Like Wolves to Bring Down 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.