It turns out that New Zealand's famed little blue penguins are actually Australian natives. A recent study concluded that New Zealand's native penguisn species was replaced by these interlopers between 1500 and 1900 AD.
A recent study on Eurasian Siskins proves that smaller birds prefer to travel in groups like their larger counterparts, swans, geese and crows.
Massachusetts' State Department of Fisheries and Wildlife has proposed breeding 150 venomous timber rattlesnakes on a remote island to save the endangered species. What could possibly go wrong?
A new study from McMaster University challenged Charles Darwin's long-standing theory of female choice. Rather than females being drawn to males that have the most vibrant tail feathers or best dance moves, researchers suggest that, once aroused, courtship displays have no bearing on a female's mate preference.
Reed warblers have set up a "neighborhood watch" to protect their nests from invasive cuckoos, who lay their eggs in local nests for others to raise. When reed warblers spot a cuckoo, they mob it and emit alarm calls that alert neighbors a cuckoo is at large and they should monitor their eggs closely. This has greatly benefited warblers, but cuckoo populations appear to be suffering.
Two new unique species of tree frogs were recently found in broadleaf forests in the island country of Taiwan. Researchers say each is adorned with gemstone-colored eyes.
American pikas prefer to live in cold, mountainous habitats. As climate change brings warmer temperatures, researchers believe the key to their survival will be remaining in close-knit patches.
Micro-CT scans helped scientists identify the first female of a Madagascan chameleon species known as Calumma vatosoa. Before now, the species was only known by a single male found in 2001.
Bedbugs have built up a resistance to common insecticides due to overuse. Researchers suggest that in order to completely rid our sheets and mattresses of unwanted pests, we need to reevaluate current strategies for fighting them off.
A new chameleon species sporting blue spots was recently found in the mountains of Tanzania. Researchers say this find highlights the diversity of animals living in this region.
Black squirrels have been seen more regularly in Michigan -- many residents have even mistaken them for rats with bushy tails. Despite their unique color, however, they are still gray squirrels. They seem to occur more often in northern climates, and a project looks at them in the U.K.
North Atlantic right whales were given some more elbow room in critical foraging and breeding habitats off the coast of New England, Florida and South California. These new designations were made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in hopes of further aiding the whales' recovery.
Researchers have developed a new way to successfully grow and reintroduce endangered ghost orchids to their native habitats. They hope their methods will help save these iconic flowers, which are often poached for their unusual beauty.
Ever heard of a Frogfish? Think it sounds like a made-up name? A bizarre-looking fish recently surfaced in New Zealand and is being examined by museum experts. At first glance, however, this species appears to have two legs, suggesting it may be a species of Frogfish.
Not all lizards are able to change the color of their skin to blend in with their surroundings. Therefore Aegean wall lizards, for example, camouflage by choosing rocks that best match the color of their backs, thus ensuring they are able to remain hidden from avian predators.