Latest Max Planck Institute for Ornithology Stories
Baby birds have sleep patterns similar to baby mammals, and their sleep changes in the same way when growing up.
Ravens use their beaks and wings to point and hold up objects in order to attract attention, much like humans use our hands to make gestures, according to a new study by German and Austrian experts.
The different populations of the South American Burrowing Parrot originated in Chile.
Sex difference in the brain varies according to social status.
The use of different environments by males and females in the parti-colored bat makes population estimation and thereby the conservation of the species more difficult.
A team of scientists have tracked the movement of European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) along the Africa-Eurasia migration flyway with the help of tiny radio transmitters.
High testosterone in house sparrows darkens their bill.
Communication across species boundaries by echolocation calls in bats.
Some female zebra finches foist a part of their eggs on their neighbors.
The results of genetic studies on migratory birds substantiate the theory that in the case of a continued global warming, and within only a few generations, migratory birds will - subject to strong selection and microevolution - at first begin to fly shorter distances and at a later stage, stop migrating, and will thus become so-called "residents".
- Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
- A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).