It has long been thought by scientists that birds' one-directional loop through their lungs was a unique characteristic, but a new study shows that lizards too may share this type of breathing.
It has long been accepted that many birds are notably clever creatures. Crows , for instance, are practiced thieves who keep track of where people hide food and shiny valuables. They can even be taught to use vending machines. Now a new study has found strong evidence that robins are also clever birds, and can even count.
An analysis of nearly 150 years of data has revealed that seagulls are eating far more trash than they used to, leading to low fertility and population declines. Now, researchers are suggesting that this may have occurred because fish stocks are not as nearly as plentiful as they once were.
Birdsong has long been compared to human music due to how pleasing it is to the ear. However, compared to the complex rules and theory behind human melody, birds are just children banging on pianos in the right way. Now, for the first time, one species of bird has been found to be following the complex rules of human music theory to a T.
Unlike any other bird, hummingbirds have fascinated experts and everyday nature-lovers alike for generations. However, these fairy-like, nectar-loving blurs of vibrant color have a blood-thirsty side to their existence that very few people see.
If you have been through one, you understand that breakups are rough. Apparently, they can be just as bad for birds as they are for humans, where many couples will tragically separate when things get particularly rocky. Interestingly, a new study has found that the female is almost always the one doing the dumping.
A remarkably rare and threatened North American songbird appears to have found a new home in an unlikely place: the sprawling "biological deserts" of commercial pine farms. Conservationists had been concerned that the Swainson's warbler would ever boast a stable and unthreatened population. Now, with this new discovery, things are looking positive for the first time in decades.
Long before the ancient bird species Archaeopteryx first lifted off the ground, dinosaurs were donned in a colorful cloak of feathers - but why? The latest study shows that as the feathery display became more and more colorful over time, it in turn was more attractive to other members of the same species, bolstering communication, mating and breeding.
Think you've racked up an impressive number of frequent flier miles? Are you the kind of person to travel at a moment's notice? Sorry, but you've got nothing on the banded stilt. A new study has observed how this remarkable desert-dwelling bird will travel well over a thousand miles at the drop of a hat just to chow down on some incredibly unpredictable prey.
You're likely quite familiar with the adage 'the early bird gets the worm,' but what about late nights? Now researchers are finding that artificial lighting in urban parts of the world is making some species stay out later, significantly influencing how they function from day-to-day.
Our warming world may be impacting what birds show up where during the winter. Scientists have found that the resident communities of birds that appear at eastern North America's backyard bird feeders in winter have changed as temperatures have increased.
Last Wednesday, Christopher Schmidt was flying his remote-controlled quad-blade helicopter in Cambridge, Massachusetts when an angry hawk came swooping out of the blue to take the drone out.
Although we can now appreciate that dinosaurs led to the rapid rise of birds over the course of millions of years, one of the last nagging doubts about their link may be settled by a new study that shows how dinosaur arms evolved into bird wings.
New research has found that dinosaurs, massive prehistoric meat-eaters, rapidly gave rise to the thousands of bird species that we see today.