Latest Bird flight Stories
As January’s temperatures continue to drop, many wonder what happens to the local birds that don’t migrate out of cold, frozen areas.
One of the many reasons why hummingbirds are so enchanting is the mystery of how they are able to move as they do, hovering near flowers as they consume nectar before darting with incredible speed to the next plant.
The scientific community has accepted the idea that birds evolved from a branch of the dinosaur tree. What evolutionary biologists haven't figure out, however, is how wrists evolved from straight to bent and hyperflexible.
How did the earliest birds take wing? Did they fall from trees and learn to flap their forelimbs to avoid crashing? Or did they run along the ground and pump their “arms” to get aloft?
Juvenile songbirds on spring migration travel from overwintering sites in the tropics to breeding destinations thousands of kilometers away with no prior experience to guide them.
Every year, millions of birds make the journey from North America to Central and South America for the winter. But the evolutionary origins of this long-distance migration have remained opaque due to the complex geographic distributions of modern and ancient bird ranges.
Hummingbird wings are more efficient than even the highest-quality helicopter blades when it comes to generating lift, according to new research appearing in the current issue of the Journal of the Royal Society: Interface.
Mixed genes appear to drive hybrid birds to select more difficult routes than their parent species, according to new research from University of British Columbia zoologists.
Small Flying Vehicles, Complete with Flapping Wings, may Emerge from Study of Fruit Bats WASHINGTON, Feb.
By fitting data loggers onto a flock of birds, researchers from the Royal Veterinary College in London have discovered why the creatures typically fly in a distinctive V formation, according to research appearing in the latest edition of the journal Nature.
Microraptor, meaning “small thief,” is a genus of dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous Period (120 million years ago). This small, four-winged animal was first discovered in the Jiufotang Formation in Liaoning, China, with more than two dozen specimens unearthed. There are two known species of Microraptor. The type species, M. zhaoianus, has been hotly debated for years. It was initially placed in the genus Archaeoraptor before a more accurate description placed it in the...
- An aromatic woolly plant (Origanum dictamnus) native to Crete, formerly believed to have magical powers.
More Images (2 images) »