Mesozoic baby bird fossil sheds new light on evolution

It’s impressive that we can learn so much about something so fragile, from so long ago.

Birds of a feather — A story of Vikings and pillows

Identifying feathers could be extremely useful.

Firehawks: In Australia, birds of prey are intentionally setting the forests on fire

There’s a new arsonist in town — one with wings instead of hands.

Old-growth forests offer safe haven to bird species struggling with climate change

They’re really nice cool places for raising baby birds — or fo rest!

Researchers discover astonishingly intact, 48-million-year-old bird fats in fossilized gland

An incredible find.

Carefree Crow Hitches a Ride on the Back of Bald Eagle

Don’t mind me, just hitching a ride.

Book Review: ‘Birds of Kruger National Park’

It’s as good a bird book as any, and I’d recommend it to everyone visiting Kruger Park as well as other, similar, habitats across the continent.

Chinese pandas will slash over 2.74 tons of CO2 emissions in the next 25 yeas — because they’re solar plants

Best. Story. Ever.

Why do bird eggs come in so many different shapes ? Look to the wings, biologists say

The best predictor of long or pointy eggs is a bird’s flying ability.

Researchers show why flamingoes stand on one leg

It’s a pretty nice ability to have.

Why woodpeckers don’t get headaches

Despite the serious head banging, the woodpecker suffers no concussions or any kind of head injury. What’s this bird made of?

The Lyrebird is the best impersonator in the world: it can mimick other birds, but also chainsaws, theme songs, car alarms — anything, basically

Meet the incredible lyrebird from Australia. And you thought parrots were cool….

These migrating birds fly non-stop for six months

A truly amazing animal.

Flying quarter-sized RoboBee perches to save energy

Harvard roboticists made an insect-like flying robot that perches on ceilings to save energy, like bats, birds or butterflies.

City birds are smarter than country birds

As anyone who’s moved from the countryside to the city can testify, the transition isn’t easy.

Breeding birds use alligators to protect nests from egg-eaters

Breeding birds and alligators have developed an unlikely partnership, where the birds build their nests on alligator territory for protection.

Brilliant GIF shows how Humans, Birds and Insects Breathe

Three different ways to breathe: Mammals, birds and insects breathe in different ways, as exemplified above. Humans, as mammals, inhale by moving the diaphragm to lower the air pressure in the chest cavity and pull air into the lungs. The human chest cavity is always at a lower pressure than the outside environment. Birds on the other hand, have air

Early bird flew through ancient supercontinet’s forests with arrow feathers

Paleontologists have discovered the wonderfully preserved fossil of a prehistoric bird which flew through the forests of the ancient supercontinent Gondwana, some 115 million years ago. The humming bird-sized bird had a spotted, ribbon shaped tail. The remains were discovered in a sedimentary hotspot in nowadays Brazil. It’s the first of its kind discovered in South America and one of the oldest birds discovered from Gondwana, a supercontinent that once encompassed Africa, Antarctica, Australia, India and South America.

Robo-roach and robo-bird team up to conduct recon mission

It’s almost like a Disney movie: a roach helps a bird take off from its back in order to save their friends – except both the roach and the bird are robotic, and the recon mission was just a test conducted in a lab from the University of California, Berkeley. But this technology could save lives for real, researchers explain. “While

Oldest avian ancestor of modern day birds found in Chinese siltstone slabs

A group of paleontologists have unearthed fossils preserved in pristine condition belonging to a new ancient avian species that lived some 130 million years ago. Dating suggests it’s the oldest ancestor to modern day birds found thus far, beating the previous record holder by about six million years. The findings also suggest that different bird groups were already well established and spread through the world even in the early Cretaceous.