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Mobile protected areas needed to preserve biodiversity in the high seas


World leaders are currently updating the laws for international waters that apply to most of the world’s ocean…
Adult common murres return to island and sea stack colonies from California to Alaska, spending three months during each summer to breed. A single chick takes two parents to hunt for fish.
‘The blob,’ food supply squeeze to blame for largest seabird die-off

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The common murre is a self-sufficient, resilient bird. Though the seabird must eat about half of its body…
How many parasites can a bird carry?

January 8, 2020

A breakthrough by ecologists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has implications for multiple fields of biology. Ecologist Ryan Hechinger…
Large beaks of tufted puffins are not just for fish – they help keeping the birds cool

January 5, 2020

Tufted puffins are seabirds found throughout the North Pacific Ocean. They are easily recognizable due to their black…
Puffins stay cool thanks to their large beak

November 28, 2019

Seabirds with large bills may be capable of longer flights. Tufted puffins regulate their body temperature thanks to…
Spot the difference: Scientists find two identical-looking bird species have very different genes

November 14, 2019

New research by the Milner Centre for Evolution academics in collaboration with Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou (China)…
Climate change affecting prairie birds as much as habitat loss

November 11, 2019

The grasslands of the Canadian Prairies are a hidden gem for bird watchers, with millions of migratory birds…
Complex society discovered in birds

November 5, 2019

Multilevel societies have, until now, only been known to exist among large-brained mammals including humans, other primates, elephants,…
Scientists are trying to figure out how birds hover, soar and glide

October 31, 2019

Human have been staring at birds with jealousy for centuries. These magnificent creatures are soaring high in the…
A colourful bird. Image credit: Pixnio, CC0 Public Domain
Species in the Amazon evolve more slowly than those in North America

October 31, 2019

For the past decade or so, Jason Weir has traveled into the Amazon rainforest to play songs to hundreds of…
Birds are laying eggs earlier in the springtime due to nights becoming warmer

October 17, 2019

The climate is getting warmer. This will cause all kinds of problems for us – scientists think that…
Collapse of desert birds due to heat stress from climate change

October 2, 2019

As temperatures rise, desert birds need more water to cool off at the same time as deserts are…
Coastal birds can weather the storm, but not the sea

September 26, 2019

How can birds that weigh less than an AA battery live through the immense power of Atlantic hurricanes?…
Study shows insecticides threaten survival of wild birds

September 20, 2019

The study, published in the journal Science on Sept. 13, is the first experiment to track the effects…
Using artificial intelligence to track birds’ dark-of-night migrations

September 20, 2019

Every year during spring and fall migration, tens of millions of birds take flight at sunset and pass…
Genetically Tailored Instruction Improves Songbird Learning

September 18, 2019

Some recent research suggests that educational achievement can be predicted based on differences in our genes. But does…
Big brains or big guts: Choose one

August 28, 2019

Big brains can help an animal mount quick, flexible behavioral responses to frequent or unexpected environmental changes. But…
Researchers study birds to improve how robots land

August 27, 2019

Under the watchful eyes of five high-speed cameras, a small bird named Gary waits for the signal to…
A seabird. Image credit: Santa3 via Pixabay (free Pixabay licence)
Stanford researchers study birds to improve how robots land

August 7, 2019

Birds can perch on a wide variety of surfaces, thick or thin, rough or slick. But can they…
Studies reveal that environmental change may lower feeding success in cormorants and other species. Image credit: Dave Malmquist/VIMS
Study considers sensory impacts of environmental change on ocean species

August 6, 2019

Studies of how global environmental change is impacting marine organisms have long focused on physiological effects—for example, an…
Species aren’t adapting fast enough to cope with climate change

August 5, 2019

Climate change is outpacing the ability of birds and other species to adapt to their changing environment. That’s…
Left eye? Right eye? American robins have preference when looking at decoy eggs

July 24, 2019

 Just as humans are usually left- or right-handed, other species sometimes prefer one appendage, or eye, over the…
Parasites hinder reproduction for seabird mothers

July 23, 2019

A study by the University of Liverpool and Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) has found that parasites reduced female…
Scientists discover how birds navigate crosswinds

July 18, 2019

While pilots rely on radio signals, advanced computations and other tools to keep them on course during strong…
How puffins catch food outside the breeding season

July 15, 2019

Little is known about how seabirds catch their food outside the breeding season but using modern technology, researchers…
Sounds of intense emotion may be universal language across species, study shows

July 11, 2019

People can tell how other people are feeling by the sounds they make and now, new research from…
Getting to the point with woodcock research

July 4, 2019

Superbly camouflaged against the forest leaf litter, the brown, speckled woodcock stubbornly sits on her ground nest. “They’re…
Is wildfire management ‘for the birds’?

July 3, 2019

Spotted owl populations are in decline all along the West Coast, and as climate change increases the risk…
Blue colour tones in fossilised prehistoric feathers

June 26, 2019

Examining fossilised pigments, scientists from the University of Bristol have uncovered new insights into blue colour tones in…
The brains of birds synchronize when they sing duets

June 12, 2019

When a male or female white-browed sparrow-weaver begins its song, its partner joins in at a certain time.…
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