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New Fossil Evidence Shows Reproductive Changes During Transition From Dinosaurs To Birds
2014-05-30 13:14:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Over the course of millions of years, some dinosaurs evolved into the modern birds we see today – and that transition included the shift to a single-ovary reproductive system, according to a new report in the National Science Review journal. The study authors said this change was probably advantageous to flying animals that evolved toward lighter and lighter weights. "The most widely accepted hypothesis for the presence of a...

New Birdsnap App Will Tell You If It Is A Crow Or Raven
2014-05-28 03:13:00

[ Watch The Video: Birdsnap: A Digital Field Guide ] By Holly Evarts, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science Columbia Engineering researchers use computer vision + machine learning techniques to launch electronic field guide featuring 500 of the most common North American bird species Researchers at Columbia Engineering, led by Computer Science Professor Peter Belhumeur, have taken bird-watching to a new level. Using computer vision and machine learning...

Less Diversity Found In Bird Species Of 125M Years Ago
2014-05-28 11:10:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While the typical American wetland hosts a range of birds with different physiologies and behaviors, bird diversity in prehistoric times was significantly lower, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. "There were no swans, no swallows, no herons, nothing like that. They were pretty much all between a sparrow and a crow," said study author Jonathan Mitchell, an evolutionary biologist at the...

Aussie's Can No Longer Claim The Kiwi's Origins
2014-05-23 11:52:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New Zealand’s iconic kiwi is not related to Australia’s emu, but instead is derived from the extinct Madagascan elephant bird, according to a new study in the journal Science. The study also concluded that both of these flightless birds were once able to take to the air. With the kiwi being about the size of a chicken and the Madagascan elephant bird standing around 6 to 9 feet tall – the two make for a bit of an evolutionary...

2014-05-20 23:01:50

Guests can buy nectar cups and hand-feed the lorikeets in walk-through aviary, open May 24-Sept. 1. A memorable 'Get-Close' experience. Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) May 20, 2014 Step into a lush aviary to share a laugh and a squawk with beautiful tropical birds that will sip food right out of your hands as “Lorikeets” returns as the special summer exhibit at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. “Lorikeets” will be open from May 24 through Sept. 1 outside on the Aquarium’s riverfront...

European Robin
2014-05-09 08:58:07

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Electromagnetic noise from AM broadcast signals (or "electrosmog") could be interfering with the migratory flight paths of birds by disrupting the animals' "internal compass,” German researchers reported this week in the journal Nature. "At first, I was highly skeptical that this could be the explanation. But if you have seemingly unlikely effects then the proof needs to be much stronger - and that is why we have done so many...

2014-05-07 10:50:42

The sight of seabirds following trawlers in order to feast from discarded fish is a common maritime sight, but each year many thousands of seabirds are killed by overhanging cables or in nets. New research in Animal Conservation assesses mortality figures from South Africa to show that a simple bird scaring line can reduce the mortality rate by over 90%. The research compiled data from five years of observations to compare current and historic mortality rates. Previous research shows that...

Evolution Of Smaller Dinosaurs Helped Their Lineage Survive As Birds
2014-05-07 09:53:08

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While dinosaurs may have disappeared from the face of the Earth, their lineage has survived in the form of birds and new research published in the journal PLOS Biology has found that both dinosaurs and birds evolved into smaller and smaller sizes – potentially contributing to their success. “Dinosaurs aren't extinct; there are about 10,000 species alive today in the form of birds,” said study author Roger Benson, a paleobiologist...

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...

2014-04-28 23:02:33

On April 13, 2014, Ian Rowsby, Director of Sales at Bird-B-Gone, embarked on a 2,650 mile trek across the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). “Since I first read about the trail ten years ago I’ve wanted to hike the PCT, and now seems like the perfect time,” says Rowsby. Irvine, California (PRWEB) April 28, 2014 Rowsby’s life has been full of adventure to this point. Born and raised in the U.K. where he raced motorbikes professionally until the age of 27. He then decided to take a new path...


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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