This includes the Spix’s Macaw, the lovely birds which inspired the main characters in Rio.
Does this mean we see everything through a bird’s eye view?
It’s the first time we’ve seen inter-species cooperation in birds.
Seeing is believing.
It will keep you civil on a Monday morning and keep some bird species happy — it’s coffee!
A new study confirms what was long-time assumed about bullfinches — they keep the same partner throughout their lives.
Oil machinery stresses birds, leading to fewer eggs and weaker hatchlings.
The research suggests the same pathway may have been taken by dinosaurs as they transitioned to birds.
House finches use cigarette butts to ward off ticks. They do so on purpose.
I don’t even want to speciate.
The dads really pull through for these chicks.
Humans were by no means the first to evolve musicality.
Seems to work wonderfully for them.
Frigatebirds spend weeks at a time flying over oceans in search for food — here’s how they sleep during this time.
City birds aren’t very friendly to each other.
Dinosaurs might not have been as terrifying as we thought.
The specimens discovered by the researchers are one of a kind and, unlike previous amber fossils, the feathers were attached to tissue, too.
Researchers have manipulated the genome of chicken embryos so that they develop dinosaur-like bones in their lower legs.
Birds are literally dinosaurs, so many scientists suspect millions of years ago dinosaurs shared similar courtship tactics like fancy plumage or complex dances to impress potential mates. While fossils can teach us so much about how dinosaurs looked and, in some instances, behaved (herd behavior, diet, hunting patterns etc.), inferences on mating rituals have been speculations at best thus far. A paper published in Scientific Reports offers some of the first tantalizing evidence that supports the idea that dinosaurs indeed employed similar courtship displays to modern birds. The researchers at University of Colorado, Denver found tracks etched into sandstone surfaces to create nest displays, hoping to attract a female to mate with. These scrapes are one of a kind, found nowhere else in the world.
Self-preservation and reproduction are the most powerful instincts, and life forms on Earth have devised all sorts of gimmicks and tactics to become successful (pass on those genes). Just look at the male ruff sneak tactics to grab girls. There are three distinct approaches: the cocky aggressive, the sneaky ‘satellite, and the cross-dresser. You might think this isn’t necessarily peculiar in itself. After all, human males employ similar approaches to seek women’s attention. The peacock, the friend-zone dude, the jock, the joker etc. What’s odd about ruff males is that this behavior is coded inside their genes – from the way they act, to how their plumage looks like. And they’re all, ultimately, males of the same species.