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It's Not All Sexual Selection
2014-03-05 14:54:45

University of Maryland Baltimore County Since the days of Darwin, scientists have considered bird song to be an exclusively male trait, resulting from sexual selection. Now a team of researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), the University of Melbourne in Australia, Leiden University in the Netherlands and The Australian National University says that's not the whole story. The team used information from several sources, including the Handbook of the Birds of...

Swimming Birds Evolved Rudder-like Tail To Dive For Food
2014-02-27 15:43:42

PLOS The convergent evolution of tail shapes in diving birds may be driven by foraging style, according to a paper published in PLOS ONE on February 26, 2014 by Ryan Felice and Patrick O'Connor from Ohio University. Birds use their wings and specialized tail to maneuver through the air while flying. It turns out that the purpose of a bird's tail may have also aided in their diversification by allowing them to use a greater variety of foraging strategies. To better understand the...

Microraptor Paraves Fossil
2014-02-24 05:41:20

University of Bristol The key characteristics of birds which allow them to fly – their wings and their small size – arose much earlier than previously thought, according to new research from the Universities of Bristol and Sheffield into the Paraves, the first birds and their closest dinosaurian relatives which lived 160 to 120 million years ago. Mark Puttick and colleagues investigated the rates of evolution of the two key characteristics that preceded flight: body size and...

2014-02-19 23:23:58

Bird-B-Gone Inc. is offering a training course for pest control operators and others interested in becoming an authorized installer of Bird-B-Gone’s Bird Control Products. The professional training class will be held in Santa Ana, California on March 21, 2014. Irvine, California (PRWEB) February 19, 2014 The bird control training course will cover many things commercial bird control product installers need to know. “Our course is not only very informative, it also qualifies as...

Hummingbirds Sometimes Change Their Tune To Attract A Mate
2014-02-15 05:49:23

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While scientists had long believed that male hummingbirds learned the song they use to attract mates at an early age and used that one vocalization their entire life, new research from biologists at New Mexico State University (NMSU) suggests that some species are capable of changing their tunes later on in life. According to a February 13 report from Stefan Sirucek of National Geographic, Marcelo Araya Salas and Timothy Wright...

Is It Better To Be Social Or Stinky In Thwarting A Predatory Attack?
2014-02-11 05:59:04

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Skunks do it best when halting a predator in its tracks, unleashing a noxious stream of urine that can send the most lethal of hunters in the opposite direction. Other animals of the same group tend to rely on strong social bonds to thwart impending attacks. But why do some animals use noxious scents while others use strong social groups to defend against predation? To better answer this question, Theodore Stankowich, of...

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...

2014-01-30 23:30:22

Animal Support and its cofounders -- Dr. Michael Omidi, Maria Abaca, and Julian Omidi -- are partnering with the North East Parrot Placement Cooperative and Foster Parrots to fund development of a website dedicated to finding suitable homes for healthy companion parrots whose owners want or need to surrender them. (PRWEB) January 30, 2014 Animal Support has pledged to help the North East Parrot Placement Cooperative, and the bird rescue association Foster Parrots by funding the...

Penguin Chicks Vulnerable To Climate Change
2014-01-30 11:53:34

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Lacking their parents' waterproof feathers, penguin chicks covered in down can suffer and die from hypothermia after being exposed to drenching rain – despite efforts of their concerned parents to keep them safe. While previous studies have found that singular events, like a rare Antarctic rainstorm, can threaten penguin chicks, a new study in the journal PLOS ONE has identified the additional risk long-term climate change trends...

2014-01-24 23:01:40

Feeding wild birds since 1958, Perky-Pet brand has made new and updated versions based on consumer feedback on some of their most coveted bird feeders! Lititz, PA (PRWEB) January 24, 2014 Perky-Pet® celebrates long-awaited enhancements of four of their most popular hummingbird feeders. Admired by bird feeding enthusiasts nation-wide, the featured improvements will have hobbyists clearing store shelves. Consumers asked for it, and Perky-Pet® listened by adding improved features...


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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Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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