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.

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How Birds Get Berry, Berry Drunk

Berries are a great food source for birds, but this diet can backfire when the fruit starts to ferment.

Only Birds Have a Syrinx and That's Why They Sing

Only birds have a special voice box — the syrinx — and it's what they use to sing. But what's so unique about the syrinx is that it's actually an evolutionary anomaly.

Oh, Birds! Please Don't Fly Into Our Windows

Why do birds do that? A global citizen science project wants you to help them find out.

French Rooks Trained as Park Janitors

A French theme park has trained a crew of six rooks to pick up after its messy guests.

Not All Birds Fly South for Winter: Partial Migration Is on the Rise

Partial migration — where some animals or birds in the same species migrate regularly and others don't — is more common than you'd think. But what explains that behavior?

Swamp Sparrow: Singing the Same Tune for Generations

The American swamp sparrow has created an oral tradition that's lasted more than a millennium.

Why Mockingbirds Mock

What benefit does one bird get from copying another bird's calls?

American Crows and Ravens: What's the Difference?

It's easy to mistake a crow for a raven or vice versa. But the two birds are actually pretty different.

What the Cluck? How a Hen Turned Into a Rooster

Spontaneous sex reversal in chickens is pretty rare, but it does happen. Find out how Miss Lucille became Mr. Lucille.

We Need to Know Why the Female Bird Sings

Most of the scientific attention to birdsong has been paid to the male of the species. But many female birds sing too — and scientists are starting to understand how important it is to study them as well.

Can Different Bird Species 'Talk' with Each Other?

Does your parakeet understand the cardinal chirping outside its window? Can a pigeon's noises mean anything to a crow? Yes, it can.

Urban Birds Oust Bugs With Butts

Certain urban-dwelling bird species use cigarette butts in building their nests.

Male Cockatoos Woo Their Ladies With Impressive Drum Solos

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

These Little Sparrows Judge Potential Mates on Dance Moves, Not Song

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.

Watch Cockatoos Make Tiny Tools to Get Food

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

There's a Stinky Reason Seabirds Eat Plastic

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

This Tiny Bird Can Fly for 10 Months Without Landing, Biologists Discover

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.

Penguins All the Way in Antarctica Have Bird Flu, Too

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

Duck, Duck, Booze: Bird Herds Handle Pest Control at South African Winery

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

How North Korea Being Bad for People Is Good for Birds

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.

Watch a Chicken Grow and Hatch Without An Egg

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

Guess How Far a Hummingbird Can Fly Without Stopping. Nope, It's Farther.

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.

13 Superb Owl Pictures That Are Truly Magnificent

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.

Are Black Kites Avian Arsonists, Spreading Wildfires to Flush Out Prey?

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.

Impressive Bird Hustles

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.


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