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Hunting Birds Favor Uniquely Colored Birds, Study Indicates
2012-04-16 04:12:15

Goshawks tend to focus in on pigeons with unique colors when the birds are travelling in large flocks -- a phenomenon known as the "oddity effect," according to a new study published last Thursday in the journal Current Biology. The study, which was authored by Christian Rutz of Oxford University's Department of Zoology, looked at goshawks as they preyed on feral pigeons in Hamburg, Germany, the institute reported on their website Friday. His goal was to determine whether or not the...

Image 1 - For Pigeons, Visible Traits Don't Necessarily Coincide With Genes
2012-01-20 05:37:10

[ Watch the Video ] Pigeons display spectacular variations in their feathers, feet, beaks and other physical traits, but a new University of Utah study shows that visible traits don't always coincide with genetics: A bird from one breed may have huge foot feathers, while a closely related breed does not; yet two unrelated pigeon breeds both may have large foot feathers. "Most people think of pigeons as rats of the sky, but in fact they're really incredibly diverse," says Michael...

2011-08-01 09:00:00

POMONA, Calif., Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Inland Valley Humane Society & S.P.C.A. has partnered with Pet Connections Inc. to be among the first animal shelters in the nation to host The Big Meow on August 17, a no-cost spay and neuter day for owned, outdoor cats, enabling responsible pet owners to be a part of an unprecedented program to reduce cat overpopulation in their community and free of charge. Known as the "Home Away From Home" for countless animals in the Inland Empire,...

2011-07-12 15:08:00

Rescued baby falcon presents naming opportunity for kids at U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital ANN ARBOR, Mich., July 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A two-month-old peregrine falcon chick was recently reunited with her parents in their nest on the roof of University Hospital at the University of Michigan Health System. She had been in the care of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources after she attempted to fly and was unable to get back up to the nest. The young falcon is one...

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2011-07-05 08:29:31

New research has shown that feral, untrained pigeons can recognize individual people and are not fooled by a change of clothes. Researchers, who presented their work at the Society for Experimental Biology Annual Conference in Glasgow on Sunday the 3rd of July, have shown that urban pigeons that have never been caught or handled can recognize individuals, probably by using facial characteristics. Although pigeons have shown remarkable feats of perception when given training in the lab this is...

2011-06-29 12:33:01

Rodent olfaction and the chemistry of instinct The mechanics of instinctive behavior are mysterious. Even something as simple as the question of how a mouse can use its powerful sense of smell to detect and evade predators, including species it has never met before, has been almost totally unknown at the molecular level until now. David Ferrero and Stephen Liberles, neuroscientists at Harvard Medical School, have discovered a single compound found in high concentrations in the urine of...


Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.