Latest Bird anatomy Stories
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.
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.
Recent studies have shown that birds sporting brightly colored plumage are more susceptible to being infected with feather-eating bacterium.
Catching adult eagles for research is a difficult task, so scientists at Purdue University say they are using eagle feathers to learn more about the birds. Many birds are small, easy to catch and abundant, Associate Professor Andrew DeWoody, who is leading the study, said.
Catching adult eagles for research purposes is no easy task, but a Purdue University researcher has found a way around the problem, and, in the process, gathered even more information about the birds without ever laying a hand on one.
Why aren't birds larger? Fifteen-kilogram swans hold the current upper size record for flying birds, although the extinct Argentavis of the Miocene Epoch in Argentina is estimated to have weighed 70 kilograms, the size of an average human.
Some of the brightest colors in nature are created by tiny nanostructures with a structure similar to beer foam or a sponge, according to Yale University researchers.
Experiments show that hummingbirds suffer few energy costs when they grow long tails.
The chirps and beeps of hummingbirds at times
The source of the noise which the Annaâ€™s hummingbird emits has been a long-lived topic of debate among ornithologists. This particular species of hummingbird, which is native to the West Coast of the United States, makes a loud, brief chirp when he dives to impress female hummingbirds and entice them into mating.
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