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.
Oct. 13, 2020 • ~9 min
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"The birds that people find charismatic and lovable are the ones living in the areas being deforested and dried out as the planet warms."
Oct. 8, 2020 • ~7 min
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To boost their odds of survival in unpredictable habitats, birds known as "brood parasites" hedge their bets by spreading eggs across other birds' nests.
Aug. 31, 2020 • ~5 min
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Just like humans, a little warm-up helps birds sing better, researchers say. That could explain why they start singing early in the morning.
Aug. 21, 2020 • ~5 min
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Variation in a group of genes called a "supergene" explains why two kinds of white-throated sparrows have different levels of aggression, researchers say.
Aug. 20, 2020 • ~7 min
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"Ever-increasing specialization and precision should be an evolutionary dead end, but that is not the case." Bird feathers may solve the evolution mystery.
Aug. 14, 2020 • ~9 min
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A new evolutionary tree suggests powered flight may have evolved in feathered dinosaurs and early birds at least three different times.
Aug. 11, 2020 • ~4 min
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New research clarifies the throat and belly colors of hybrid warblers. It's plumage that ornithologists have puzzled over for a long time.
July 15, 2020 • ~6 min
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