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Study Of Sociable Weavers Shows Everybody Needs Good Neighbors
2014-07-07 03:56:07

The University of Sheffield A new insight into one of the biggest questions in science – why some animals, including humans, work together to maintain a common good – has been achieved by scientists at the University of Sheffield. Sociable weavers, a highly social and co-operative breeding bird from the savannahs of southern Africa, build the largest nests of any bird, housing colonies of up to several hundred birds that can often weigh tonnes and last for decades. The massive...

2014-07-03 10:08:00

PLOS New species of spider wasp may use chemical signals from dead ants to protect nest A new species of spider wasp, the 'Bone-house Wasp,' may use chemical cues from dead ants as a nest protection strategy, according to a recent study published July 2, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Staab from University of Freiburg, Germany, and his colleagues from China and Germany. Wasps use a wide variety of nest protection strategies, including digging holes or occupying...

Saving Endangered Birds By Giving Them Treated Cotton For Nests
2014-05-06 03:06:47

University of Utah When University of Utah biologists set out cotton balls treated with a mild pesticide, wild finches in the Galapagos Islands used the cotton to help build their nests, killing parasitic fly maggots to protect baby birds. The researchers say the self-fumigation method may help endangered birds and even some mammals. "We are trying to help birds help themselves," says biology professor Dale Clayton, senior author of a study outlining the new technique. The findings were...

2014-02-14 16:21:58

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today launched its annual live, 24-hour-a-day webcast of a nesting pair of peregrine falcons who live on a ledge of the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg. The falcons typically renew their pair-bond around Valentine's Day. Three high-definition (HD) cameras will chronicle the falcons' activities while streaming the footage live on the internet to viewers around...

Do Birds Communicate With Their Eyes?
2014-02-05 12:41:12

University of Cambridge Researchers in Cambridge and Exeter have discovered that jackdaws use their eyes to communicate with each other – the first time this has been shown in non-primates. While what humans do with their eyes has been well studied, we know almost nothing about whether birds communicate with members of the same species with their eyes. The new study, published today in Biology Letters, shows that jackdaw eyes are used as a warning signal to successfully deter...

Climate Change Affecting Prairie Hawks
2014-01-21 10:20:22

[ Watch the Video: Helping Hawks Weather The Storm ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers are studying how climate change is impacting endangered prairie hawks. Scientists from the University of Alberta and the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) are working together on a project to understand how climate change is affecting hawk populations. This study will not only shed more light on how the changing environment is impacting hawks, but...

Tree Sparrows Recognize Foreign Eggs In Their Nest By Color And Shape
2013-12-11 09:23:39

University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna Many birds have reason to worry that the eggs in their nest might not be their own: birds often deposit eggs into other nests and it is not easy for parents to tell their eggs from others. Researchers at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna have discovered that tree sparrows can recognize eggs deposited by other tree sparrows but do not always reject them. The results are published in the online journal Plos One. Building a nest, laying...

Crocs Use Lures To Catch Birds
2013-12-05 13:03:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Alternately lethargic and viciously violent, crocodilians are not often thought of as cunning, duplicitous predators. However, a new study in the journal Ethology, Ecology and Evolution has found that these massive reptiles sometimes use sticks and twigs to lure in unsuspecting birds, particularly during nest-building season. "Our research provides a surprising insight into previously unrecognized complexity of extinct reptile...

Rain Is Proving Deadly For Young Peregrine Falcons In Canada's Arctic
2013-12-03 16:36:09

University of Alberta A University of Alberta study recently published in Oecologia has found that an increase in the frequency of heavy rain brought on by warmer summer temperatures is posing a threat not seen in this species since before pesticides such as DDT were banned from use in Canada in 1970. The study is among the first to directly link rainfall to survival of wild birds in Canada. A nestbox experiment at the heart of a study co-authored by U of A researcher Alastair Franke...

Nest To Bring New Tech Savvy Smoke Detector To Homes
2013-09-25 11:00:40

[ Watch the Video: Nest Aims To Make Your Home Safer With 'Smart' Smoke Detector ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Nest thermostats have been a popular and stylish choice for homeowners who want control over their energy costs and indoor climate since their release in late 2011. Now Nest Labs, the maker of the Wi-Fi-connected thermostat, says its next big project will also belong in the home. According to sources, Nest Labs will soon unveil a smoke detector...


Latest Bird nest Reference Libraries

Western Drywood Termite, Incisitermes minor
2013-08-13 11:52:27

The western drywood termite (Incisitermes minor) is a species of termite that is can be found in western areas of North America. Its native range includes northern areas of Mexico and western areas of the United States, but it has also been found in eastern areas of the United States, Japan, China, and Hawaii. This species prefers to reside in Mediterranean climates that are arid, although it will live in other climates, and can often be found in California oak woodlands in many types of...

Hodotermes
2013-08-13 11:32:19

Hodotermes is a genus that contains two species of African harvester termites known as H. mossambicus and H. erithreensis. The collective range of both species extends from some areas of South Africa through the savannas in East Africa to Palaearctic North Africa. Both species are subterraneous, nesting under the ground, but the nests of H. mossambicus can contain several sphere-shaped hives, and long tunnels connect the rooms of each nest. It is typical for all harvester termites to have...

Bufflehead, Bucephala albeola
2012-04-02 19:59:01

The Bufflehead, (Bucephala albeola), is a species of sea duck of the goldeneye family. It was first described by Linnaeus in 1758 as Anas albeola. This is a migratory species with most populations wintering in protected coastal waters, or open inland waters on the east and west coasts of North America as far south as the southern United States. It is an extremely rare vagrant to western Europe. Their breeding habitat is wooded lakes and ponds in Alaska and Canada, almost exclusively included...

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2010-02-03 16:02:04

Maiasaura, meaning "good mother lizard", is a genus of dinosaur from the Campanian age of the Upper Cretaceous Period (74 million years ago). It lived in what is now the state of Montana in the United States. It was discovered by paleontologist Jack Horner, whom was a paleontology advisor for the Jurassic Park movies. It was also co-discovered by Robert Makela. The dinosaur was named after finding a series of nests with egg and hatchling remains at Egg Mountain, in rocks of the Two Medicine...

White-breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis
2009-07-15 14:41:32

The White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) lives in the woodlands across much of North America. It is a small, stocky songbird which measures 5"“6 inches long. Its wingspan is 8-11 inches in width, and it has a powerful bill and strong feet but only weighs in at 0.64"“1.06 ounces. The approximate lifespan of this particular nuthatch is two years, but it has been recorded to live as long as twelve years and nine months. Currently there are approximately 10 million individual...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'