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Genetically Tailored Instruction Improves Songbird Learning


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.…
Past climate change pushed birds from the northern hemisphere to the tropics

June 12, 2019

Researchers have shown how millions of years of climate change affected the range and habitat of modern birds,…
Bird personalities influenced by age and experience, study shows

June 3, 2019

Differences in the personalities of birds are related to both age and experience, according to new research by…
Hotspots’ reveal where sub-Antarctic seabirds are at risk from fishing

May 23, 2019

A new study by a University of Liverpool seabird ecologist highlights, that sub-Antarctic seabirds are most at risk…
Colorful bird feathers offer evolutionary clues

May 6, 2019

Researchers at the University of Arizona (UA) and other institutions have discovered a new twist on the idea…
Are coffee farms for the birds? Yes and no.

May 2, 2019

Over 11 field seasons, between 1999 and 2010, ornithologist Çağan Şekercioğlu trekked through the forests and coffee farms…
Feather mites may help clean birds’ plumage, study shows

April 2, 2019

Feather mites and birds have a unique relationship: the mites help birds keep their feathers healthy by removing…
Climate change negatively affects waterbirds in the American West

March 20, 2019

New research shows that recent climate change is having profound effects on wetlands across the American West –…
Why fly the coop? With shortage of mates, some birds choose to help others raise offspring

March 18, 2019

It’s not uncommon for young adults to pitch in and help out with the care of younger siblings.…
Put eggs all in one basket, or spread them around? Birds know best

February 28, 2019

Why then do these agreeable avians sometimes ditch the collaborative lifestyle and instead deposit eggs into nests outside…
Scientists find out how bird feathers are arranged in waves

February 24, 2019

Bird feathers are technically still just a form of skin. It is really bizarre how such a simple…
New study: How to save a seabird

February 22, 2019

In the 1990s, the endangered status of the short-tailed albatross catalyzed efforts to reduce the number of birds…
Natural selection and spatial memory link shown in mountain chickadee research

February 21, 2019

Chickadees with better learning and memory skills, needed to find numerous food caches, are more likely to survive…
A deeper look inside the sleeping bird brain

February 15, 2019

Birds have good memories, but in contrast to mammals, little is known about how they consolidate memories during…
Molecular Analysis of Anchiornis Feather Gives Clues to Origin of Flight

January 29, 2019

An international team of researchers has performed molecular analysis on fossil feathers from a small, feathered dinosaur from…
Bird beaks did not adapt to food types as previously thought

January 25, 2019

A study, led by the University of Bristol, has shed some new light on how the beaks of…
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