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Molecular Clock Of The Common Buzzard
2013-10-23 09:27:24

University of Bielefeld Bielefeld biologists reveal the influence of genes on dispersal behavior Be it hibernation or the routes of migratory birds: all animal behavior that is subject to annual rhythms is controlled by a molecular clock. Although this has been known for a long time, in many cases it is still unclear how far genes are involved in setting this internal clock. Up to now, this also applied to the common buzzard and its migration from parental breeding grounds. Behavioral...

Study Shows That Playing Bird Recordings Could Zap Birds' Energy
2013-10-16 15:56:26

Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs In the forests of Ecuador, plain-tailed wrens nest in bamboo thickets, singing complex and continuous melodies. Residing nearby are rufous antpittas, small, secretive birds that hop like thrushes and whistle in mossy forests. Together, their songs fill parts of the South American Andes. Birdwatchers often seek out rare and beautiful birds like the wren and antpitta using "playbacks" – or recordings of bird...

Bonellis Eagle
2013-10-03 03:55:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A 30-year study of Bonelli’s Eagle populations in Western Europe has revealed the birds are most at risk in northern Spain, researchers from the University of Barcelona announced on Wednesday. Bonelli’s Eagle (also known as Aquila fasciata) is one of the most common birds of prey in the Mediterranean area, as well as one of the region’s most endangered avian species, Joan Real and Antonio Hernández Matías of the...

2013-09-27 23:18:25

Bird-X, Inc. sends its own tenured, Chicago-based International Sales Manager to its Netherlands’ office to expand European market sales for its humane, safe, environmentally-sound pest control products. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 27, 2013 Already present in 150 countries worldwide, Bird-X, Inc. has spent nearly 50 years focusing on humane, effective, environmentally-responsible pest control products and wants to get its green initiative recognized in every location it can. In a...

2013-09-25 23:29:28

Bird-B-Gone, Inc., announces the release of their new product, Sonic Shield™. A motion activated device that scares birds and other pest critters from patios, decks, yards, balconies and more. Irvine, California (PRWEB) September 25, 2013 The Bird-B-Gone Sonic Shield™ is a motion activated animal deterrent that replicates the sound of a vicious barking guard dog when triggered. “At night it uses a bright flashing LED light to scare animals so you don’t have to worry about barking...

Shy Male Birds Likely To Flock Together And Have Fewer Friends
2013-09-18 12:11:31

University of Oxford Male birds that exhibit 'shy' social behavior are much more likely to join flocks of birds with a similar personality than their 'bold' male counterparts, a new study has found. But shy birds also have fewer social partners than bold birds. The research, carried out by scientists from Oxford University and the Australian National University, used a new way of analyzing the social networks that link individual animals to each other – a kind of 'Facebook for birds'...

Avian Evolution: How Raptor Limbs Became Bird Wings
2013-09-18 06:09:13

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are certain that sometime around 150 million years ago birds originated from a group of small, meat-eating theropod dinosaurs called maniraptorans. According to recent studies conducted around the world, the maniraptorans were very bird-like, with feathers, hollow bones, small body sizes and high metabolic rates. What remains unclear is at what point the forelimbs evolved into wings, making it possible for the maniraptorans...

2013-09-16 23:03:19

Canada geese and other birds often cause airplane damage and threaten passenger safety. While controlling these unwelcome creatures can be a complex task, Bird-X, Inc. discusses how scientific study proves bird strike risk reduction efforts worthwhile. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 16, 2013 An investigative news report by NBC5 dated September 11, 2013 points out potential risk at the airport, as evidence shows it may not be operating in compliance with FAA rules to control birds in its...

Birds Communicate Through Scents
2013-09-04 06:42:56

Michigan State University For most animals, scent is the instant messenger of choice for quickly exchanging personal profiles. Scientists, however, have long dismissed birds as odor-eschewing Luddites that don’t take advantage of scent-based communications. In a first-of-its-kind study, however, a Michigan State University researcher has demonstrated that birds do indeed communicate via scents, and that odor reliably predicts their reproductive success. The study appears in the...

Terror Bird Was Vegetarian
2013-08-30 10:17:14

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In an extreme case of mistaken identity, paleontologists have announced that the 6-foot tall ‘terror bird,' which inhabited Europe between 55 to 40 million years ago, may have been herbivorous and not a meat eater as previously thought. Also know by its Latin name Gastornis, scientists have long thought that the massive flightless bird was a vicious carnivore, based on its appearance and stature. "The terror bird was thought to...


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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