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Fat Endangered Parrots Finally Boning

It’s been the summer of love for kakapo parrots in New Zealand. Some of the most endangered birds on the planet spent the summer down under getting busy, and conservation scientists report that a record-long birth season has helped bolster the bird’s numbers.Read more...
Tags: Science, Parrot, Birds, New Zealand, Kakapo, Boning

Your twitter friends’ Aussie ancestor

There are more than 10,000 species of bird around the world, they all evolved from the theropod dinosaurs of which Tyrannosaurus rex was one. They are a seemingly diverse bunch of animals from the tiny Firecrest and the Hummingbirds to the Emu and Ostrich by way of the Vultures and the Cockatoo. Wheatear There are 137 families of perching birds, the so-called passerine birds, which have three toes pointing forward and one pointing back. The Passeriformes account for almost two-thirds of all ...
Tags: Science, Biology, Australia, Birds, Ostrich, EMU, Eleanor Imster

Ancient Bird Fossil Includes Evidence of an Unlaid Egg

Paleontologists in China have detected traces of an unlaid egg in a 110-million-year-old bird fossil from the Cretaceous period, in what’s considered the first discovery of its kind. And in an ironic twist, it appears the egg is what killed the mother bird.Read more...
Tags: Science, China, Birds, Fossils, Paleontology, Ancient Birds, Birdmodo

Fantasy Birding Is Real, And It's Spectacular

I became unreasonably passionate about fantasy sports for the very first time in my life. Not fantasy football or baseball or anything like that. I got into fantasy birdwatching.
Tags: Science, Animals, Birds, Fantasy Sports, Birding

Elizabeth Hargrave’s Surprisingly Successful Board Game

In the board-game world, where characters are often zombies and military figures, Elizabeth Hargrave’s Wingspan takes a different route. With scientifically accurate descriptions and depictions of birds, it’s a card-based game in which each player’s goal is to attract birds to their network of wildlife preserves. Players assign birds, outfitted with special powers and specific capabilities, to habitats and tally points based on whether or …
Tags: Games, Science, Design, Animals, Environment, Birds, Culture, Board Games, Game Design, Linkaboutit, Ornithology, Animal Conservation, Elizabeth Hargrave

Plastics reach remote pristine environments, scientists say

Birds’ eggs in High Arctic contain chemical additives used in plasticsScientists have warned about the impact of plastic pollution in the most pristine corners of the world after discovering chemical additives in birds’ eggs in the High Arctic.Eggs laid by northern fulmars on Prince Leopold Island in the Canadian Arctic tested positive for hormone-disrupting phthalates, a family of chemicals that are added to plastics to keep them flexible. It is the first time the additives have been found in A...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, World news, Birds, Pollution, Wildlife, Marine Life, Arctic, Plastics, Prince Leopold Island

This Man Traveled 10,000 Miles to See America's Trash Birds—and Loved Every Minute of It

20-year-old Tasmanian George Vaughan had three main goals for his trip to the United States last month: see a Metallica concert, visit Niagara Falls, and go to a landfill in southern Alabama. The landfill, he hoped, would help him realize a dream he’d held for six years: to see a laughing gull, a “seagull” generally…Read more...
Tags: Science, Australia, Alabama, Birds, United States, Tasmania, Bird Watching, Niagara Falls, Wonder, Awe, Birdmodo, George Vaughan, Miles to See America s Trash Birds

Cartoonishly Well-Preserved Fossil Is the Earliest Bird of Its Kind

A 52-million-year-old fossil found in Wyoming is now the earliest known seed-eating perching bird in the scientific record, a discovery that’s shedding new light on the history and early eating habits of these now-ubiquitous birds. Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, Wyoming, Evolution, Fossils, Early Birds, Bird Fossils

The 20-Year Quest to Track Down Every Bird-of-Paradise Species Before They Vanish

Edwin Scholes has taken dozens of bush plane flights, helicopters and boat trips, and spent countless hours hauling gear up muddy mountains in New Guinea, for nothing more than a song and dance. Sometimes, he only manages to capture a few seconds of footage of the rainforest performances he seeks before his subjects…Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Conservation, Evolution, New Guinea, Bird Of Paradise, Edwin Scholes

The Worst Pain in the World, Bendable Phones, and Joshua Tree: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Ten hut, Gizmodo readers! Do you have a New Year’s Resolution you should be working on? Do not answer that rhetorical question, because yours are the feeble dreams of weaklings and mine is to whip this sorry, good-for-nothing blog audience squad into shape!Read more...
Tags: Food, Gadgets, Comics, Astronomy, TV, Science, Technology, Privacy, Syfy, Ces, Glass, Surveillance, Physics, Birds, International Space Station, Ocean

Deadly Bird Battles May Be Another Weird Consequence of Climate Change

Climate change seems to be leading to more fatal conflict between a pair of bird species, according to a new study. The research demonstrates an important indirect consequence of a warming globe.Read more...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Birds, Birdmodo, Great Tits, Pied Flycatchers

Scientists Have a Plan to Turn Seabirds Into Tiny Ocean Science Labs

In the future, cyborg birds may help monitor ocean currents and help ground-truth satellite data. It may sound like an odd prognostication, but a study released on Thursday in Scientific Reports lays the groundwork.Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Ocean, Weird Science, Do Androids Dream Of Cyborg Seabirds, Ocean Currents, Ocean Science Labs

Female penguins 'get stranded more because they travel further'

Longer journeys may exhaust females, say scientists tracking birds off South American coastEvery year, thousands of Magellanic penguins get stranded along the coast of South America – but puzzlingly, about 75% of those that get stuck are female. Now scientists say they have worked out what is behind the gender imbalance: the females migrate further north than males.Magellanic penguins finish breeding in Patagonia in February, and during the subsequent winter months head north, reaching as far as...
Tags: Science, Animals, Environment, Americas, World news, Birds, Wildlife, Conservation, Brazil, Argentina, Patagonia, South America

Some Hummingbird Beaks Are Better Suited for Combat Than Nectar Feeding

With their elongated bills and specially adapted tongues, hummingbirds are built to extract nectar from flowers. As new research shows, however, some hummingbirds from South America have evolved beaks designed to poke, prod, and pinch—at the expense of feeding proficiency.Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Evolution, South America, Animal Behavior, Hummingbirds, Better Suited for Combat Than Nectar Feeding

We Need a New Christmas Bird

Since taking up birding in earnest, I’ve started noticing the birds that appear on Christmas merchandise like stockings, cards, and ornaments. And I think we can do better. Read more...
Tags: Science, Christmas, Birds, Birding, Bad Takes, Birdmodo, Red Crossbill

Dinosaurs are alive! Here’s how we know, and why it matters

For most of the 20th century, figuring out the origin of birds was a great challenge of evolutionary biology — they didn't seem to fit anywhere. Then, in the late 20th century, a group of scientists discovered that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs, which were large, bipedal meat-eaters like the Velociraptor or the T-Rex. The bird-from-dinosaur theory was considered to be a crackpot idea but after three decades of research, the evidence became irrefutable. Finally, the discovery of feather...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Nature, Birds, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Evolution, Darwin, Paleontology, Richard Prum

The Northern Cardinal Is Actually Multiple Species, Evidence Suggests

New scientific results have strengthened the case that the ubiquitous northern cardinal could be two species of bird or more.Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Evolution, Ecology, Birdmodo

World's Oldest Wild Bird Just Laid Another Dang Egg

The world’s oldest wild bird, Wisdom the Laysan albatross, has once again returned to her breeding grounds, and she has laid another egg. She is at least 68 years old, but doesn’t look a day over 6.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Wisdom, Birds, Conservation, Birding, USFWS, Laysan albatross

DNA Testing Reveals Baffling Bird Is Three Species in One

A Pennsylvania birder spotted the bird of a lifetime in his backyard this past spring—it was a hybrid of three species across two genera in a single bird. He’d found a three-in-one warbler.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, Pennsylvania, Hybrids, Ornithology, Evolutionary Biology, Birdmodo

Stop Feeding the Hot Duck

Hot Duck mania has gripped the internet. It’s sent birding twitter atwittering, and the New York City news media seems to hang on the duck’s every move. At this point, the duck may be a semi-permanent fixture of the park, and it’s good that so many people love it.Read more...
Tags: Science, New York City, Birds, Hot Duck

The Central Park Mandarin Duck Went Missing. I Tried To Find It.

NEW YORK — I can’t even get the binoculars to work.
Tags: New York, Science, Animals, Birds, Ducks, Central Park, Birding, Mandarin duck, Hot Duck, Sexy Duck, Cool Duck

How a Tiny Flightless Bird Ended Up on an Island in the Middle of the Ocean

An island half the size of Manhattan in the south Atlantic Ocean is so isolated, it’s called Inaccessible Island. On that island, and only on that island, live nearly 6,000 puny featherballs called Inaccessible Island rails. But they can’t fly, and the island is only a few million years old. How did the birds get…Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Manhattan, Atlantic Ocean, Birdmodo, Inaccessible Island, Inaccessible Island Rail, Flightless Birds, Goofballs, Doofuses, Middle of the Ocean

How extreme beauty might defy survival of the fittest

The Great Argus Pheasant is a six-foot-long bird with elaborate ornamentation on its wings, including golden orbs that create a 3D optical illusion. It fans its feathers in a full hemisphere above the female hen as part of its mating display. Is all that beauty just a signal of fit and healthy genes?Perhaps not, says Yale ornithologist Richard Prum. The 'beauty happens' hypothesis, or aesthetic evolution by mate choice, was an idea first proposed by Charles Darwin—but it is still not accepted as...
Tags: Science, Biology, Animals, Nature, Birds, Yale, Innovation, Evolution, Charles Darwin, Darwin, Prum, Richard Prum

Why Do Birds Have Colorful Eggs? Because They're Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs laid colorful eggs. Birds lay colorful eggs. You do the math.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, Dinosaurs, Paleontology, Birds Are Dinosaurs, Modern Day Dinosaurs

Spooky Shrieking Bird Looks and Sounds Like Something Out of a Horror Movie

You walk alone through a foggy forest with nothing but your day bag and binoculars. Birds and insects call quietly as they fly above and creep below. Suddenly, you hear a piercing, metallic alarm like nothing else in nature, followed by an even higher squeal—it sounds like microphone feedback, and it only grows louder…Read more...
Tags: Halloween, Science, Birds, Three Wattled Bellbird

Drunk Pigeon Is All of Us, as Well as New Zealand's Bird of the Year

New Zealand has some weird birds, and they know it. Sure, you’ve probably seen the Seussian kiwi, but what about the kākāpo, a flightless parrot that looks like a particularly friendly owl? Have you heard of the morepork, an owl so named because it sounds like it shouts “MORE PORK,” or the wrybill, the only bird with…Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, New Zealand, Stephen Fry, Endangered Species, Invasive Species, Kakapo, Birbs, Forest Bird, Kererū, Endemism

This Hilarious Optical Illusion for Birds Could Save Your Life

Birds and planes are a bad combination, but it’s not so easy to shoo our avian friends away from airport runways. Thankfully, scientists from France have stumbled upon an ingenious solution to the problem—an optical illusion that appears to scare the crap out of large predatory birds.Read more...
Tags: Eyes, Science, Airports, Biology, France, Birds, Birds Of Prey, Animal Behavior, Optical Illusions, Vision, Raptors, Animal Vision, Look Into My Eyes

Barn Owl pellet

Barn Owl (Tyto alba) hunting over Rampton, VC29 If you have ever stopped to think about the gustatory habits of owls, then you have perhaps wondered what happens to all the bones and fur from the little creatures on which they predate after they eat them. Dry Barn Owl pellet, obtained from WWT Welney Well, avian digestive enzymes do not have the capacity to break down bones and fur and as the flesh and organs are digested those materials accumulate in the upper gastrointestinal tract form...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, Sciencebase, Rampton, Boney, Mrs Sciencebase, WWT Welney

Moths Caught Drinking Tears From the Eyes of Sleeping Birds

In an oddly poetic act, moths will on occasion drink the tears from the eyes of a sleeping bird. Sounds harmless, but this rare interaction is an unmistakably one-sided affair. Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, Animal Behavior, Parasites, Moths, Parasitism, Antbirds

New Story, Same Big Old Bird

Madagascar’s history contains some truly enormous animals, from giant lemurs to giant tortoises. The island was also home to 10-foot-tall flightless birds, which sadly disappeared hundreds of years ago. But how we humans classified those birds was, well, a mess.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Oops, Birds, Modeling, Ecology, Madagascar, Extinction, Elephant Birds

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