Colorful bird feathers may explain evolution paradox

"Ever-increasing specialization and precision should be an evolutionary dead end, but that is not the case." Bird feathers may solve the evolution mystery.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
yesterday ~9 min

Tags: evolution birds feathers science-and-technology

‘Evolutionary tree’ clarifies shift from dinos to birds

A new evolutionary tree suggests powered flight may have evolved in feathered dinosaurs and early birds at least three different times.

Cynthia Lee-McGill • futurity
Aug. 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: evolution birds dinosaurs science-and-technology flight

Genes clarify the colors on these little hybrid birds

New research clarifies the throat and belly colors of hybrid warblers. It's plumage that ornithologists have puzzled over for a long time.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
July 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: birds genes genomes colors science-and-technology earth-and-environment

City bird poop holds antibiotic-resistant genes

Bird poop from gulls, ducks, and crows contains antibiotic-resistant bacteria and drug-resistance genes, find researchers.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
July 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: bacteria birds drug-resistance health-and-medicine feces

Canary song ‘syntax’ reveals hidden brain states

Tiny, head-mounted microscopes provide a window into how short-term memory allows canaries to belt out complex, sentence-like songs.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: birds memory neurons brains science-and-technology languages singing

Canary song ‘syntax’ reveals hidden brain states

Tiny, head-mounted microscopes provide a window into how short-term memory allows canaries to belt out complex, sentence-like songs.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: birds memory neurons brains science-and-technology languages singing

Birders: Use ‘Chipper’ app to catalog songs for research

A new app called Chipper can help birders and citizen scientists share birdsong recordings with scientists.

Spencer Turney-Vanderbilt • futurity
June 10, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: birds research apps earth-and-environment sounds citizen-scientists

Chicken ‘memories’ ease return to ancestral homeland

A study with chickens from Tibet shows that organisms have a kind of "memory" of their ancestral homes that makes adaptation to environmental change easier.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
June 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: dna evolution climate-change birds genes chickens science-and-technology

Oyster farming doesn’t really bother threatened shorebird

Oyster aquaculture has little impact on shorebirds, such as the federally threatened red knot, which migrates thousands of miles from Chile every year.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
May 18, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation birds agriculture food earth-and-environment oysters

Innovative birds have lower risk of extinction

Birds who can innovate in how they forage for food face lower risk of extinction, research finds.

McGill University • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change conservation birds extinction earth-and-environment

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