Little bat-winged dinos could glide, but not fly

Two small dinosaurs with bat-like wings, Yi and Ambopteryx, couldn't take the air as well as birds.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
Oct. 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution birds dinosaurs fossils science-and-technology flight

Big-eyed birds need gloom, not bright human landscapes

Brighter areas, such as agricultural land, aren't hospitable to big-eyed birds, research finds. The study links the size of bird eyes, habitat, and foraging style.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: conservation birds light eyes peru earth-and-environment

Climate change threatens the birds people love most

"The birds that people find charismatic and lovable are the ones living in the areas being deforested and dried out as the planet warms."

Sarah Cafasso - Stanford • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change biodiversity birds extinction ecosystems earth-and-environment

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

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

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

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
Aug. 14, 2020 ~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

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