Painted bunting has come to vacation at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y. Not only is the male bird out of its natural range, but it is out of season -- right about now he should be basking in the Florida sun.
A lab at University of California, San Francisco has made new learnings regarding the brain-path reasons why songbirds sometimes mix it up musically and other times sing by rote.
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.
Charles Darwin's famous finches from the Galápagos archipelago and Cocos island are hallmark examples of speciation and adaptive evolution. Now, new research shows how over the years these birds developed the extraordinary diversity in beak shape that we see today.