How lockdown birds sang to a different tune

It's official, bird song did sound different during lockdown, according to a scientific study.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
Sept. 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: environment birds wildlife

Auditory attention works alike in birds and people

Our ability to focus on one voice in a noisy room is an example of auditory attention. New research finds commonalities in birds.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: attention birds hearing science-and-technology sounds

Women have disrupted research on bird song, and their findings show how diversity can improve all fields of science

For decades, scientists believed that only male birds sang. Then women entered the field and showed what their predecessors had missed.

Karan Odom, Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University • conversation
Sept. 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: birds women stem wildlife ornithology gender-bias diversity birdsong womens-representation breeding gender-bias-in-academia diversity-in-science

Painting wind turbines black could help protect birds – as long as it doesn't disrupt their migration

Black turbine blades seem to reduce bird collisions, but it's important to know why.

Jethro George Gauld, PhD Candidate in Conservation Science, University of East Anglia • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds wildlife renewable-energy wind-farms bird-migration power-lines bird-strike wind-turbines

Painting wind turbines black could help protect birds – so long as it doesn't disrupt their migration

Black turbine blades seem to reduce bird collisions, but it's important to know why.

Jethro George Gauld, PhD Candidate in Conservation Science, University of East Anglia • conversation
Sept. 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds wildlife renewable-energy wind-farms bird-migration power-lines bird-strike wind-turbines

Curlew conservation project sees birds released at Lough Neagh

Five curlew fledglings are released near Lough Neagh after they were saved as eggs in late spring.

By Conor Macauley • bbcnews
Sept. 2, 2020 ~2 min

Tags:  conservation  birds  ni-agriculture  curlews

In risky times, parasitic birds lay eggs in more baskets

To boost their odds of survival in unpredictable habitats, birds known as "brood parasites" hedge their bets by spreading eggs across other birds' nests.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Aug. 31, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation birds eggs parasites science-and-technology

Glue bird traps: Macron suspends use amid EU row

President Emmanuel Macron orders an end to the much-criticised method for catching songbirds.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Aug. 27, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: conservation birds france european-union hunting

Birds sing better with some early morning practice

Just like humans, a little warm-up helps birds sing better, researchers say. That could explain why they start singing early in the morning.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Aug. 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: birds science-and-technology time singing songbirds

‘Supergene’ variation makes these songbirds more aggro

Variation in a group of genes called a "supergene" explains why two kinds of white-throated sparrows have different levels of aggression, researchers say.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Aug. 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: evolution birds genes aggression science-and-technology

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