Humans have always been amazed by the varying kinds and looks of birds. While some winged creatures like eagles are just magnificent, some birds can be little and dainty.
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.
In a 2014 survey of Morocco's island of Mogador, raptors called Eleonora's falcons were observed engaging in a what researchers called a new behaviour that ensures their offspring receive the freshest of meats: imprisoning smaller live birds before killing and feeding them to their young several days later.
A combination of satellite data and chemical tests reveal a more accurate picture of where Barn Swallows migrate in the winter.
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.
Black swans' wariness is partly determined by their genes, researchers reveal in a new study. This could have important implications for releasing captive-bred birds into the wild.
More than 90 percent of the world's migrating birds suffer from habitat loss along their long and remarkable journeys, so researchers are calling for increased collaborative and international efforts.
Cuckoos are migratory birds that use a complex decision-making process to find their way to their summer homes, even without the guidance of a sibling or biological parent.
Not all shorebirds use the same migratory strategy: some birds making long migrations tend to remain at their rest stops for longer periods and gain weight faster than those making shorter trips.
European rollers are facing deforestation in Europe and their yearly winter migration to Africa is getting tougher each year. Now researchers have identified key areas that will help conservationists better protect the threatened species.
It turns out Eurasian reed warblers rely on a geomagnetic map to point them in the right direction during their spring migrations.
Pathogen-carrying ticks are hitching rides from Central and South America on migratory birds.
Migrating birds need to take the occasional break during their long migrations. Researchers recently examined how they choose where to rest. Surprisingly, it isn't at a food court on the Delaware-Maryland border.