Birds

Birds are often envied for their ability to fly, but not all of them can. Learn how birds can manipulate feathers, bone and wing structure to soar through the air and even dive-bomb into the water for food.


Aside from humans, these birds are the only ones who make drumsticks for musical purposes.

Sure, your voice is great. But can you move? That's what female Java sparrows want to know before they get busy, a new study finds.

Cockatoos aren't just excellent dancers — they're also excellent toolmakers.

A recent study has identified why some seabirds mistake the plastic dumped in the ocean for food. The nose knows why.

Thanks to new technology, researchers have discovered that the common swift flies 10 months a year without landing, setting a world record for uninterrupted time aloft.

Even the frozen continent isn't safe from bird flu.

A South African winery is employing a band of feathered guards to protect from invaders, and these runner ducks are eating up the enemy.

Compared to nearby coastal Asian regions, North Korea's shoreline is relatively underdeveloped. That's been a boon for migratory birds — and the humans who watch them.

Japanese video shows a chicken developing and hatching without an eggshell.

Ruby-throated hummingbirds migrate annually from the U.S. all the way to Central America. How often would one need to stop? A new study reveals amazing abilities.

The #SuperbOwl is one of our favorites animals. Every day of the week we love owls, from Monday to #SuperbOwlSunday. Check out these cool owl images learn more.

Black kites are drawn to fires, chasing down prey as it flees the flames. And some believe they may even start fires in order to have more menu options.

Have you ever had to shout to make yourself heard at a loud restaurant? Turns out we noisy humans are doing that to birds, and it's making it hard to mate.

As Hitchcock's 1963 horror classic "The Birds" taught us, it's a good idea to respect our avian friends. Before you accidentally let any bad luck take wing, peck away at these bird-related superstitions.

When a friend decides to ignore their problems, you might liken them to an ostrich. But ostriches are much more likely to face a problem head-on than hide it in the sand.

Nature can be a pretty cruel place. Out in the wild, it's either kill or be killed. But in the spirit of self-preservation, will a mama bird really abandon its young at the slightest sign of human interference? Let's check the facts.

The American coot is a slate-gray, duck-like bird. Its bill is white with a dark reddish ring just before the tip.

From tail to beak the American crow appears totally black. In the right light, however, a green or bluish tinge suddenly makes a showing.

The bright yellow plumage of male birds give the American goldfinch its name. A black forehead and black wings with white accents stand out against the yellow body.

This small, but colorful falcon is a bird of prey or raptor. Read on to learn more about this bird.

Catching sight of this gray bird with a brick-red belly usually signifies the start of spring. Read on to learn more about this bird.

As its name suggests the barn swallow frequently takes up residence in barns and is, therefore, seen in the skies above farms and agricultural lands. Read on to learn more about this bird.

This pigeon-sized bird has a gray back and white belly. Read on to learn more about this bird.

The black-capped chickadee feeds on insect eggs and larvae by hanging upside down while clinging to the undersides of tree branches. Read on to learn more about this bird.

The blue jay can be seen roaming the skies in deciduous forests, but is also a common sight in city parks and back yards. Read on to learn more about this bird.