Many researchers may agree that birds might as well have written the book on parenting. While past research has found that some birds are expert "bad parents," now a new study has determined that birds can be "designer parents" as well, specifically hatching "juiced up" sons when feeling threatened.
Many will argue that there is no worse parent than one who abandons their child - especially for selfish reasons. Unfortunately, evolution doesn't select for what we think is "right" but for what works best. Now, new research has found that not only is abandoning a chick to be raised by others beneficial for zebra finches, but it may even be a trait that is selected for - improving the species as a whole.
After being nearly wiped out from existence, the American bald eagle is no longer endangered, researchers report, as populations of this national symbol continue to soar. However, wildlife officials are taking this good news with a grain of salt, as it appears the majestic birds are not completely in the clear.
Leading the flock can be taxing work, so to share the burden migrating birds take turns, according to a new study.
It appears that ravens may be even more viciously political than your average high school drama queen. That's at least according to a new study of these highly intelligent birds, who appear to have a social system that's characterized by alliances, betrayal, and sabotage between "friends."
A secret infection in migratory birds has been shown to speed up the aging process and shorten lifespan, according to a new study.
Birds, it seems, are pretty anal home-builders, often only choosing nest materials that best match their surroundings. However, this isn't simple decor preference. Researchers are now suggesting that this shows a natural instinct to camouflage their home.
Researchers recently made a forensic breakthrough - one that could potentially change the game in the fight against avian wildlife crime.
According to a new study, mass die-offs have been increasing for birds, fish and marine invertebrates over the last several decades, affecting nearly 2,500 animal species.
A lot of research has gone into selling the idea that birds aren't as dumb as we think they are. They can count, think rationally, and even understand speech sound mechanics. And did we mention that they fly better than anything humans ever constructed? So why is it that birds keep smacking right into our cars and planes? You'd think they'd of learned their lesson by now. Unfortunately, according to experts, that just won't happen.
Fertilization has always been seen as a race to the egg, where only the fittest and fastest sperm will be ever be able to naturally lead to new life. However, a new study has revealed that in the case of birds, this may not be the case. Instead, the longest and biggest avian sperm seems to get eggs "cooking," so to speak.
Washington and Northern Californian shores have been seeing a very alarming (and rather smelly) sight over the last few months. The carcasses of thousands of small birds have been washing ashore, and scientists along the Pacific Coast are scrambling to understand why.
The annual Audubon Bird Count: it happens every year and it has been helping experts keep data on rare and migratory species for well over a century. This year, during the 115th Christmas Bird Count, participants in Chicago were treated to a series of stunning displays, where large migratory birds were spotted traveling uncharacteristically late in this season.
When it comes to gender, birds really can have their cake and eat it too, but only at the cost of a very lonely life. That's at least according to new research on a "split-sex" cardinal discovered nearly six years ago - a bird that boasts both genders clearly on each side of its body, as represented by its stunning half-and-half plumage.
Do you remember those childhood Decembers when it snowed so hard that you had feet of packed powder to play with? You could build a snowman, have a snowball fight between snow forts, or - my personal favorite - you could tunnel. Now a researcher is suggesting that this is a favorite past-time for many small birds, too.