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.
Turkey Day is behind us, but that doesn't mean our appreciation of the bird should end with it. That's especially true after new research revealed that the turkey, along with the chicken, remain the most genetically similar to their dinosaur ancestors, even despite decades of domestication and breeding.
To add to the list of factors wreaking havoc on the polluted Great Lakes, an invasive snail species carrying parasites is killing some aquatic birds in the region, and spreading fast, according to reports.
When you see a bird beak, you may think it an adequate alternative to the good old pearly whites, but fossil records tell us that this wasn't always the case. Some birds ancestors boasted an unusual marriage between teeth and beak-like jaws. So when exactly did our avian friends lose their chompers for good? A new study investigates.
We all know how color works. Different pigments reflect different frequencies of light, meaning the color our eyes see is essentially the "reject" light. However, blue pigment is rare in nature, and difficult to craft even in this modern age. So how does the blue jay do it? New research has revealed that the bird doesn't rely on pigmentation alone, exposing a unique way to express color.
Researcher have determined how birds accurately determine the direction of a sound, even when they do not have the complex external ear structures that most mammals, humans included, boast.
Researchers have recently discovered that the same genes that help drive the development of human speech also play an important role in the brains of many songbirds - namely those with complex and beautiful songs.
You may not believe it, but the drab grey bird you see above is born a master of disguise, capable of tricking predators into thinking that it's a massive and vibrantly colored toxic caterpillar with little effort.
There are a great deal of US species protected under the Endangered Species Act that you've likely never heard of, and the red knot shorebird was just became the latest on that list.
Bipedal quails are helping to shed light on the gait of dinosaurs, their evolutionary relatives, according to a new study.
Bird "copycats" that watch and learn from what others around them are doing are helping to keep tradition alive, according to a new study.
As if a good meal, a little relaxation, and family together weren't enough, here's another reason to be thankful for that bird on your table this coming Thanksgiving. The turkey commonly plays host to a particularly "good" bacteria - one that could create a potentially life-saving antibiotic.
A new bird species was discovered in Indonesia, but what's remarkable about this finding is that it comes 15 years after having first observing the bird in the wild, according to a new study.
If you have ever had the pleasure of witnessing a hummingbird flit around in the real world, you understand a very simple fact: these little guys are masters of flight. Now a team of researchers has used advanced computer simulations to help illustrate exactly how these birds fly with such nimble precision.