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Report Finds Nearly Two-Third of America's Birds Vulnerable to Extinction From Climate Change

A new report has found that nearly two-thirds of America’s breeding bird species were moderately to highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.Read more...
Tags: Science, America, Birds, Conservation, Ecology, Audubon Society, Birdmodo


How Are Doves and Sparrows Ending Up Inside Baby Sharks?

Back in 2010, scientists were monitoring a shark population on the Mississippi-Alabama border. They had hauled up a small tiger shark to tag when something strange happened: It puked up feathers. A DNA analysis revealed that the shark had eaten a brown thrasher, a speckled migratory songbird related to the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, Ecology, Sharks, Mississippi Alabama, Birdmodo, Food Webs


Feral Parrots Are Taking Over America

Visitors to Chicago’s Hyde Park or New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery may be surprised to hear the raucous squawks of lime-green monk parakeets. These birds, descendants of escaped pets, have managed to create thriving colonies in these cities despite the annual cold weather. It turns out they’re far from unusual—escaped…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, America, Chicago, Birds, Invasive Species, Hyde Park, Birdmodo, Monk Parakeets, New York 's Green Wood Cemetery


This Bird Went Extinct, Then Evolution Recreated It

Sometime between 136,000 and 240,000 years ago, a flock of awkward, leggy birds took off from Madagascar and arrived at a pristine island in the Aldabra atoll 250 miles away. “This is nice,” they may have thought—there were no predators, and the birds colonized the island. Without the threat of predation, they…Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Evolution, Madagascar, Rails, Birdmodo


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


Pigeons With Tiny Backpacks Are Gathering Climate Data Now

Steadfast pigeon defenders have something new to crow about: The oft-maligned birds may be scientists’ latest tool in combating air pollution and tracking climate change.Read more...
Tags: Wearables, Science, Urban Planning, Pigeons, Birdmodo


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


See What Trees Look Like to a Bird's Ultraviolet-Sensitive Eyes

A bird’s-eye view can completely change your perspective on things. And I mean that literally.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Evolution, Vision, Sight, Ultraviolet Light, Birdmodo


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


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


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


These Birders Flock to Google Street View to Spot Birds Around the World

I noticed something in the distance while clicking along rural U.S. Route 59 in Minnesota, 80 miles southeast of Fargo, North Dakota. Two grainy heads appeared out of the water like a pair of Loch Ness monsters. I couldn’t make them out for certain, but given the location (Minnesota) and time of year (summer), I…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Minnesota, Google Street View, Bird Watching, Birding, Loch Ness, Fargo North Dakota, Birdmodo


Incredible Bird-Dinosaur Specimen Thrills Scientists After 25 Years in Museum Storage

A museum might wow you with all of its fossil specimens on display, but that’s often just a small part of what’s really there—specimens in the back might lay in drawers or plaster-wrapped in boxes, quietly holding yet-to-be-revealed secrets or further mysteries about the past. Such is the case with an incredible bird…Read more...
Tags: Science, Archaeology, Dinosaurs, Birdmodo, Birds Are Dinosaurs


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


Crafty Cockatoos Make Custom Tools to Reach Sweet, Sweet Nuts

Cockatoos have once again demonstrated that birds have surprisingly advanced toolmaking abilities—particularly when delicious cashews are involved.Read more...
Tags: Tools, Science, Animal Cognition, Cockatoos, Birdmodo


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


Blue-and-Yellow Macaws Turn Pink to Communicate, but What Are They Saying?

Do you ever get so excited about something that your whole face starts to turn red? Well, it seems that blue-and-yellow macaws do the same thing, according to new research—though the exact reason they go red in the face is still unknown. Read more...
Tags: Science, Birds, Emotion, Animal Intelligence, Birdmodo, Macaws


Scientists Find Evidence of 1,000-Year-Old Parrot-Breeding Operation in the American Southwest

DNA evidence appears to have revealed an ancient parrot-breeding operation in the southwestern United States, a new study reports.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Mexico, Genetics, Birds, United States, Archaeology, Southwest, Birdmodo, Scarlet Macaws


These Australian Birds Learn About Danger by Listening to Their Friends

If you heard a bear roar for the first time but didn’t see the snarling beast, what would you think? Would you be scared? Maybe, but maybe not—the forest is full of strange noises. But what if, at the same time, one of your friends said, “Holy shit, I know all about that clawed monster and we need to get in the car”?Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Biology, Australia, Birds, Ecology, Birbs, Birdmodo, Fairy Wrens


How Does Your Self-Control Fare Against Great Tits'?

Great tits appear to have nearly as much self-control as chimpanzees, if a new experiment’s results are accurate. They might even have more self-control than the humans who still make jokes about the name “great tit.”Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, Animal Intelligence, Birdmodo, Great Tits


Crows Are Officially More Badass Than Ravens, Citizen Scientists Report

Crows and ravens are hard to tell apart, but basically, the common raven is bigger than the American and Northwestern crow. So, you might think that ravens would win in a fight. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, Ravens, Crows, Avian Intelligence, Birdmodo, Bird Intelligence


Canadian Music Festival on Hold Due to a Single Nesting Bird

Birds couldn’t care less about your human entertainment, and a killdeer certainly isn’t going to change its breeding plans to accommodate Ottawa’s annual Bluesfest music festival.Read more...
Tags: Science, Biology, Birds, Canada, Ottawa, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Birdmodo, Killdeer, Shorebirds