Quantcast

Latest Bird anatomy Stories

2011-09-04 16:00:00

Air Feathers Eco-Chic Boutique, home of the Fairie Feather opens it's doors to the public and it's website to the salon professional this week with a Grand Opening on Fashion's Night Out to benefit The Reeve Foundation. Escondido, CA (PRWEB) September 04, 2011 Air Feathers, and it's creator Airie McCready, are rapidly becoming known as the place and the person to get feather extensions on the cutting edge. Rather than go with the trend of fishing feathers, McCready researched and brought...

2011-08-16 15:06:11

Tufts-led research underscores link between elevated hormone When faced with environmental threats like bad weather, predators or oil spills, wild birds secrete a hormone called corticosterone. Traditionally, researchers have analyzed blood samples to detect corticosterone levels in wild birds. But recently, scientists have shown that corticosterone spikes can also be detected by analyzing bird feathers. A Tufts University study published in the May 11 online edition of "Journal of Avian...

2011-07-07 00:14:46

Study suggests kittiwakes use body odor to assess genetically compatible mates Male and female kittiwakes smell different from each other, according to research by Sarah Leclaire from the Centre national de la recherche scientifique at the Universit© Paul Sabatier in France and her team. Their work also suggests that the birds' body odors might signal the genetic makeup of individual birds, and could be used in mate choice to assess the genetic compatibility of potential partners. The...

4623e2623d7212e8b0676ee825425b6c
2011-06-24 07:37:59

The brilliant colors of birds have inspired poets and nature lovers, but researchers at Yale University and the University of Cambridge say these existing hues represent only a fraction of what birds are capable of seeing. The findings based on study of the avian visual system, reported in the June 23 issue of the journal Behavioral Ecology, show that over millions of years of evolution plumage colors went from dull to bright as birds gradually acquired the ability to create newer pigments...

2011-06-23 15:24:24

Research reveals plumages exhibit less than a third of possible colors birds can see Contrary to our human perception of bird coloration as extraordinarily diverse, a new study reports that bird plumages exhibit only a small fraction (less than a third) of the possible colors birds can observe. Early lineages of living birds probably produced an even smaller range of colors, but the evolution of innovative pigments and structural (or optical) colors has allowed many birds to create more...

3dbdb4ceb93ac8c449dbb2a5c447ae5d1
2011-04-10 06:15:00

Scientists have discovered that some penguins are suffering from a mysterious condition which causes them to lose their feathers. Researchers are puzzled by the appearance of "naked" penguins on both sides of the South Atlantic. This "feather-loss disorder" has been found to afflict penguin chicks in colonies in both South Africa and on the coast of Argentina. Dee Boersma, from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), said there were fears the condition was spreading to different species....

5981b0baa8e7e0d1b24fcdd16f46b6001
2010-10-25 10:50:00

Flamingos apply natural make-up to their feathers to stand out and attract mates, according to a new study by Juan Amat, from the Estaci³n Biol³gica de Doňana in Seville, Spain, and colleagues. Their research is the first to demonstrate that birds transfer the color pigments (carotenoids) from the secretions of their uropygial gland for cosmetic reasons. The uropygial or preen gland is found in the majority of birds and is situated near the base of the tail....

2010-09-20 10:37:24

Patterned feathers, previously thought to be used only for camouflage in birds, can play an important role in attracting a mate and fending off rivals, a University of Melbourne study reveals. Ms Thanh-Lan Gluckman, co-author of the paper and Masters of Philosophy student from the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne, said this finding brought a new perspective to research in animal communication and evolution. "The implication of this study is that feathers don't need to be...

4bcca7afe3a77e588e6894141cc034b31
2010-03-23 10:37:26

Two recently diverged populations of a southern California songbird produce unique odors, suggesting smell could contribute to the reproductive isolation that accompanies the origin of new bird species. The Indiana University Bloomington study of organic compounds present in the preen oils of Dark-eyed Juncos is described in this month's Behavioral Ecology. "There's so much we don't know about the role of smell in bird behavior," said biologist Danielle Whittaker, the study's lead author....

1209f2db1fb195edf48d05c68583d7b0
2009-08-03 12:30:00

Recent studies have shown that birds sporting brightly colored plumage are more susceptible to being infected with feather-eating bacterium, according to a BBC Earth report. The bacterial infection can harm the birds' health and cause their feathers to become dull. The discovery comes from a study that found 99% of all Eastern bluebirds observed in the state of Virginia to be afflicted with feather-degrading bacteria. Although this kind of bacteria was first found 10 years ago, the latest...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
Related