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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.”
Can You Recognize the Call of a Great Horned Owl?

Can You Recognize the Call of a Great Horned Owl?

— It's as distinctive as those big ear tufts.
These Adaptations Make the Osprey a Fantastic Fisher

These Adaptations Make the Osprey a Fantastic Fisher

— After tens of millions of years, the bird has changed little since it diverged from eagles and hawks.
The California Condor's Best Shot at Survival

The California Condor's Best Shot at Survival

— Swapping to non-lead bullets could help save this bird.
Listen to One of Nature's "Most Memorable Anthems"

Listen to One of Nature's "Most Memorable Anthems"

— In the last days of winter, Sandhill Cranes dance along the riverbanks of the central United States.
Why Do Birds Rest on One Leg?

Why Do Birds Rest on One Leg?

— Their feet get cold, too!
How Brown Pelicans Dive After Fish Without Breaking Their Necks

How Brown Pelicans Dive After Fish Without Breaking Their Necks

— The hefty coastal birds engulf fish as they plunge into the water from 60 feet up—all while avoiding injury.