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2013-05-02 12:12:11

Birds that can't identify high quality male songs change male, female flock-mate behavior Female cowbirds incapable of recognizing high-quality male songs can alter the behavior of flock-mates of either sex and disrupt overall social structure, according to research published May 1 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Sarah Maguire and colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania. Individual traits can impact a social network even in cowbirds, but the impact of changing individual...

New Fossil Helps Explain Evolution Of Hummingbird Flight
2013-05-01 13:38:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a recently published study in“¯Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a small bird fossil found in Wyoming could be the link that connects the evolutionary dots between hummingbirds and swifts. Because the fossil had unusually well-preserved feathers, the scientists said they were able to create an approximate reconstruction that would not have been possible with fossilized bones alone. "This fossil bird...

Researchers Discover New Migration Habits Of Manx Shearwater Seabird
2013-05-01 10:35:22

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using cutting-edge tracking devices and data analysis techniques, a group of UK researchers has discovered new migration habits of the Manx Shearwater, a small seabird. Scientists at the University College London (UCL) and the University of Oxford collected data over three consecutive years to reveal the birds´ complex pattern of rest, flight and foraging, according to their report in journal Interface. "Understanding the...

Microraptor Hunted Fish
2013-04-23 08:56:58

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Microraptor was a small flying dinosaur known to prey on birds and tree-dwelling mammals. New research led by a team of researchers at the University of Alberta reveals that the Microraptor was a capable aquatic hunter as well and was able to swoop down and pluck fish out of the water. Scott Persons, a paleontology graduate student at the University of Alberta, says that fossilized remains in China provided evidence of the...

Bald Eagles Rescued At Kennedy Space Center After Storm Blows Through
2013-04-22 11:22:49

NASA When a strong thunderstorm recently blew through NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, two eagles landed -- falling to the ground along with their nest. Fortunately, ecologists at the spaceport, who take great care to track the birds and protect their habitat, stepped in and rescued the eaglets. Kennedy is a nesting area for numerous bald eagles. Space center employees and visitors alike enjoy watching their majestic flights overhead. Besides being the national bird of the United...

2013-04-18 21:22:22

An Arizona State University biologist and her team have found that the Asian subspecies of great bustard, one of the heaviest birds capable of flight, covers migratory routes of more than 2,000 miles, traveling to and from its breeding grounds in northern Mongolia and wintering grounds in Shaanxi province in China. The research study, which is available online and will be published in the next volume of the Journal of Avian Biology, is the first of its kind to monitor the movement of this...

Fossil Dinosaur Egg Reveals Uncommon Dinosaur Incubation Technique
2013-04-18 15:36:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at the University of Calgary and Montana State University have found a small North American dinosaur that incubated its eggs in a way similar to some modern brooding birds. In a report of their findings that appeared recently in the journal Paleobiology, the scientists wrote about their close examination of the shells of fossil eggs found in Alberta and Montana from a small meat-eating dinosaur called Troodon. They said...

Extinct Moa Females Up To Three Times Larger Than Males
2013-04-10 13:30:01

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Sexual dimorphism, in which male and females of the same species differ significantly in appearance, is fairly common among birds. Typically, the male of the species either towers over the female or is equipped with elaborate plumage, as in the case of the peacock. However, for New Zealand´s extinct, flightless giant moa, the roles were reversed, with the female often weighing three times as much as her male suitors....

2013-04-06 23:04:19

Celebrate migration season by feeding hummingbirds, plus other fun stuff, at http://www.birdfeeders.com. Birdfeeders.com offers everything for hummingbird feeding. Lititz, PA (PRWEB) April 06, 2013 Since 1958, Perky-Pet® has been feeding hummingbirds and the annual migration season is a favorite for the brand and it´s fans. This year, they´ve decided to offer all kinds of interaction and fun for bird lovers, young and old, to help increase the excitement for bird watching,...


Latest Bird Reference Libraries

Ornithology
2013-10-09 12:32:30

Ornithology, a branch of zoology, is the study of birds. The term ornithology is derived from the ancient Greek words for bird and rationale or explanation. This study differs from other sciences because amateurs often take part in studies and because birds are commonly seen. It is thought that ornithology developed in the same manner than biology developed. Drawings from the Stone Age show the earliest interest in birds and the remains of over eighty bird species have been found at excavated...

Red Rail, Aphanapteryx bonasia
2013-10-02 13:35:50

The Red Rail (Aphanapteryx bonasia) is an extinct and flightless rail. It was native to the Mascarene island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar within the Indian Ocean. It had a close relative on Rodrigues Island, the likewise extinct Rodrigues Rail, with which it’s sometimes considered congeneric. Its relationship with other rail isn’t clear. Rails frequently evolve flightlessness when adapting to isolated islands. It was slightly larger than a chicken and had reddish and hair-like...

Lesser Frigatebird, Fregata ariel
2013-04-23 22:58:32

The Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) is a species of frigate bird. In nests in Australia, along with other locations. There is a single recording from the Western Palearctic, from Eilat in the Gulf of Aqaba. The Lesser Frigatebird or Least Frigatebird is said to be the most common and widespread frigate bird in the Australian seas. It’s common in tropical seas breeding on isolated islands, including Christmas Island located in the Indian Ocean in recent years. These birds are most...

Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture, Cathartes burrovianus
2013-04-23 15:11:08

The Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture (Cathartes burrovianus), also known as the Savannah Vulture, is a species of bird belonging to the New World Vulture family Cathartidae. It was considered to be the same species as the Greater Yellow-headed Vulture until they were separated in 1964. It can be found in Mexico, Central America, and South America in seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, heavily degraded former forests and swamps. It’s a large bird, with a wingspan of 59 to 65 inches. The...

Magnificent Frigatebird, Fregata magnificens
2013-04-23 14:48:18

The Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) was occasionally previously known as Man O’War or man of War, a reflection of its rakish lines, aerial piracy of other birds, and speed. It’s widespread in the tropical Atlantic, breeding colonially in the trees in Florida, the Caribbean and the Cape Verde Islands. In addition, it breeds along the Pacific coast of the Americas from Mexico to Ecuador including the Galapagos Islands, as well. It is known as a vagrant as far from its...

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