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Get to Know the Yellow-eyed Junco

Get to Know the Yellow-eyed Junco

— Or, as locals in the Southwest once called it, the "lightning bird."
Is That a Phoebe or Pewee Calling?

Is That a Phoebe or Pewee Calling?

— Eastern Phoebes and Wood-Pewees are vocal birds. Here's how to tell them apart by their songs.
Hear the Staccato Call of the Tiny, Leaf-Green Cuban Tody

Hear the Staccato Call of the Tiny, Leaf-Green Cuban Tody

— These hummingbird-sized jewels of the Caribbean are built for catching insects—and they're unbelievably cute, too.
Common Murres Are the Penguins of the North

Common Murres Are the Penguins of the North

— These alcids, related to puffins, must flap frantically to fly through the air—but beneath the waves, they are streamlined, masterful swimmers.
Get to Know the Bee Hummingbird, the World’s Smallest Bird

Get to Know the Bee Hummingbird, the World’s Smallest Bird

— Only found in Cuba, these birds lay their eggs in nests the size of a quarter.
How Starlings Spoke for the Gods in Ancient Rome

How Starlings Spoke for the Gods in Ancient Rome

— Religious leaders interpreted the shapes of these birds' murmurations to see if the gods gave, or withheld, their approval.
Follow a Young Plover as It Heads South for the Winter

Follow a Young Plover as It Heads South for the Winter

— Left behind by their parents, juvenile Black-bellied Plovers must rely on instincts to find their way.
How Toucans Use Their Bills to Keep Cool

How Toucans Use Their Bills to Keep Cool

— Relative to body size, the Toco Toucan has the biggest bill of any bird in the world. And it's laced with blood vessels.
Great Blue Herons Need Alone Time, Too

Great Blue Herons Need Alone Time, Too

— After all the “togetherness” of the nesting colonies, the stately birds spend the off-season by themselves.
Beep, Beep! Hear the Real-Life Call of the Greater Roadrunner

Beep, Beep! Hear the Real-Life Call of the Greater Roadrunner

— The cartoon character's fictional call can't compare with the soft, cooing song you might hear in southwestern deserts.