Seabird die-off ‘has no precedent’

"The blob" is responsible for an unprecedented seabird die-off from California to Alaska in 2015 and 2016, say researchers who studied the common murres.

Michelle Ma-Washington | Jan. 16, 2020 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured birds climate-change conservation ecosystems fish oceans temperature

Sleep is key for zebra finches learning to sing

Sleep may allow birds learning to sing to remember the useful things they learned during the day, and forget what's not important.

U. Zurich | Jan. 15, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology birds brains learning memory motor-skills singing sleep

These bird species are new to science

Researchers have discovered five bird species and five subspecies of birds completely new to science.

National University of Singapore | Jan. 10, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology birds conservation new-species

Big beaks help puffins keep their cool

Overheating can be a problem for puffins that have to fly long distances to find food to feed their chicks. An oversized beak helps them stay cool

Cynthia Lee-McGill | Dec. 16, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology birds flight temperature

Pesky birds, bitter crops, and taste show evolution ‘triangle’

"It's a systematic view that gives us a full picture of domestication. Looking at just one component only tells us part of the story."

Fred Love-Iowa State | Dec. 11, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology agriculture birds domestication evolution genes

Migratory birds are shrinking as the world heats up

As the world warms as a result of climate change, researchers have found that migratory birds are changing size.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Dec. 9, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured birds climate-change conservation migration museums temperature

Bird bacteria works like a come-on to other birds

"The odors produced by birds are unique to them... Alter that bacteria and the bird could be less attractive to potential mates."

Jessi Adler-Michigan State | Oct. 29, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria birds communication mating odor

Bird call ‘building blocks’ mirror human language

The building blocks of bird calls from the chestnut-crowned babbler mirror the meaningless sounds that add up to form words in our languages.

U. Zurich | Sept. 9, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology birds communication languages

Smaller brains actually benefit some birds

Birds with smaller brains can use strategies for survival that big-brained birds can't. Are big brains not all they're cracked up to be?

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Sept. 3, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology birds brains evolution

Gene linked to where warblers migrate for the winter

"The global attention on the fires in the Amazon highlights the importance of these South American habitats, and these migratory birds illustrate an inextricable link between hemispheres."

Gail McCormick-Penn State | Aug. 28, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology birds conservation genes migration

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