Birds-of-paradise males need more than looks to get a girlfriend

These gals want everything to be just right.

Woodland hawks flock to cities, research reveals. Other wildlife is doing the same

For hawks, the secret is out: The big city has a lot of food to offer.

A male bird can either be handsome or a talented singer — but never both

Scientists have identified an inherent trade-off in avian sexual selection.

8 bird species have disappeared this decade or are on the brink of extinction

This includes the Spix’s Macaw, the lovely birds which inspired the main characters in Rio.

Birds perceive colors and hues the same way we do

Does this mean we see everything through a bird’s eye view?

Australian wrens recognize friends from other species and work together with them

It’s the first time we’ve seen inter-species cooperation in birds.

How birds “see” magnetic fields

Seeing is believing.

Coffee farming “can be a win-win for birds and farmers”, paper finds

It will keep you civil on a Monday morning and keep some bird species happy — it’s coffee!

Bullfinches mate for life, researchers confirm

A new study confirms what was long-time assumed about bullfinches — they keep the same partner throughout their lives. 

Oil and gas noise pollution hinders bird reproduction

Oil machinery stresses birds, leading to fewer eggs and weaker hatchlings.

Scientists turn alligator scales into primitive ‘feathers’

The research suggests the same pathway may have been taken by dinosaurs as they transitioned to birds.

Urban birds use cigarette butts as chemical weapons against parasites

House finches use cigarette butts to ward off ticks. They do so on purpose.

Sleeping around makes it hard to speciate by mixing genes, paper shows

I don’t even want to speciate.

Guillemot chicks leap from their nest, risking life and limb, before they can even fly — and know we know why

The dads really pull through for these chicks.

Some birds play tunes not all that different from jazz musicians

Humans were by no means the first to evolve musicality.

The surprising reason why birds never crash mid-air: they always veer right

Seems to work wonderfully for them.

We’ve finally discovered how birds can sleep and fly at the same time without crashing

Frigatebirds spend weeks at a time flying over oceans in search for food — here’s how they sleep during this time.

Birds in suburbs defend their territory more aggressively than their rural counterparts

City birds aren’t very friendly to each other.

Dinosaurs probably cooed, not roared

Dinosaurs might not have been as terrifying as we thought.

Dino bird wings found in fossilized 100-million-year-old amber look simply stunning

The specimens discovered by the researchers are one of a kind and, unlike previous amber fossils, the feathers were attached to tissue, too.