Podcast

A Wave of Bird Alarm Calls Can Travel at 100 Miles Per Hour

A Wave of Bird Alarm Calls Can Travel at 100 Miles Per Hour

— By working together, birds of many species alert others of predators long before they arrive.
What Do Baseball Players and Shrikes Have In Common?

What Do Baseball Players and Shrikes Have In Common?

— Research shows that this predator's mask might serve the same purpose as the eye black athletes wear.
See and Hear the Ruffed Grouse's Haunting Air Drumming

See and Hear the Ruffed Grouse's Haunting Air Drumming

— How the birds produce their unusual thrumming was a long-time mystery, solved only with the advent of wildlife cinematography.
What Decides Clutch Size?

What Decides Clutch Size?

— Most birds lay a predictable number of eggs, but why?
How Thrushes Produce Those Ethereal, Flute-Like Songs

How Thrushes Produce Those Ethereal, Flute-Like Songs

— Mastery of an extra voice box is the secret to their haunting harmonies.
Have You Ever Heard a Sandpiper Sing?

Have You Ever Heard a Sandpiper Sing?

— The name "sandpiper" actually comes from the voices of these birds, which are surprisingly musical. Listen.
Hear that Hammering? Don't Assume It's a Woodpecker

Hear that Hammering? Don't Assume It's a Woodpecker

— Chickadees and nuthatches also carve out nest cavities.
Why Is This Bird Half-White?

Why Is This Bird Half-White?

— Unusual genetic mutations can eliminate color in a bird's feathers—in patches, or even across its entire body.
Hear How a Crow Softly Woos Its Mate

Hear How a Crow Softly Woos Its Mate

— The complex combination of coos, rattles, and growls is distinctive to each bird's social group.
Listen to the Bubbly Jangling of a Bobolink's Song

Listen to the Bubbly Jangling of a Bobolink's Song

— “The happiest bird of our spring.”