Storks and other European birds have been cutting their annual migrations to Africa short by stopping to feed at nearby landfills. Researchers say consuming "junk food" is unhealthy, and when the birds alter their travel plans they disrupt ecosystems both at home and at their winter destinations.
Female cuckoos are known for laying their eggs in the nests of other birds. A new study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology reveals how females are able to lay a variety of different egg colors to match those of their hosts, thus ensuring they are not kicked out before they are full grown.
Humans, of course, do Zumba and Cross-Fit and many other things to stay fit. However, researchers investigating animals' active lifestyles are wondering whether they too work out to maintain perfect figures.
A new species of bird named the Himalayan Forest Thrush was recently found in India and China. Researchers say these birds sing a much more musical song than their closest relatives in the area.
After delving into the brain of the zebra finch, researchers revealed how the birds are able to learn the courtship songs sung by their fathers. It turns out they have specialized nerve cells that allow them to memorize one note at a time.
A pack of rats recently killed 14 orange-bellied parrots housed at a captive breeding facility in Tasmania. These birds are part of a national recovery program working to replenish the species' dwindling population.
A combination of satellite data and chemical tests reveal a more accurate picture of where Barn Swallows migrate in the winter.
A fungal disease known as rapid ohia death has killed hundreds of thousands of Hawaii's iconic, native ohia lehua trees. Researchers have teamed up to create a treatment to prevent this deadly disease from spreading further across the state.
New Caledonian crows were caught on camera for the first time making innovative hook foraging tools in the wild.
Blue jays are adorned with striking blue feathers that never fade. It turns out birds are able avoid going gray – unlike humans – because their feathers contain sophisticated nanostructures that reflect light better than pigmentation.
Parasitic nest flies threaten Darwin's finches of the Galapagos Islands. Based on a recent study, however, researchers from the University of Utah suggest human intervention could help save these iconic birds.
Even tiny birds can live in the Arctic, and very large animals can live near the equator, despite earlier thoughts about which sizes of animals could adjust to cold or heat.
An innovative use of tool-making was recently observed in a captive population of greater vasa parrots. It turns out these resourceful birds make tools to grind seashells into nutritious calcium powder.
The federally endangered snail kite seeks out homes that similar to its birthplace, according to new study. But this puts the birds at an increased risk of predation.