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What Is The Mystery Behind Starling Flocks?
2014-07-22 03:30:31

University of Warwick The mystery behind the movements of flocking starlings could be explained by the areas of light and dark created as they fly, new research suggests. The research, conducted by the University of Warwick and published in the journal PNAS, found that flocking starlings aim to maintain an optimum density at which they can gather data on their surroundings. This occurs when they can see light through the flock at many angles, a state known as marginal opacity. The...

2014-02-28 08:21:43

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. (NYSE:FGP) today announced that David L. Starling has been appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of its general partner, Ferrellgas, Inc., effective February 27, 2014. Starling is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Kansas City Southern, a transportation holding company that has railroad investments in the United States, Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S. holding is Kansas City Southern...

African Starlings Change Color 10 Times Faster Than Their Ancestors
2013-06-11 10:45:12

University of Akron It's not going to happen while you're peering through your binoculars, but African glossy starlings change color more than 10 times faster than their ancestors and even their modern relatives, according to researchers at The University of Akron and Columbia University. And these relatively rapid changes have led to new species of birds with color combinations previously unseen, according to the study funded in part by the National Science Foundation and published today...

2010-01-14 12:06:31

Sleeping is known to help humans stabilize information and tasks learned during the preceding day. Now, researchers have found that sleep has similar effects upon learning in starlings, a discovery that will open up future research into how the brain learns and preserves information. The research, published Wednesday by The Journal of Neuroscience, fills an important gap between human behavioral findings and animal experiments of how the brain changes after learning and sleep. "We really...

2007-05-02 15:00:37

A new local chapter of a national volleyball organization helps low-income San Mateo girls join tournaments instead of gangs. Starlings Volleyball Clubs USA, San Mateo Chapter was started to help girls make the right life choices. Recently begun and with 22 girls now in the club, the San Mateo Chapter is already over capacity. "I couldn't turn anyone down," says Liz Mayta, Founder and Director of Starlings Volleyball Club USA San Mateo Chapter. Based at Bayside Middle School in San...

2006-04-26 12:12:53

LONDON (Reuters) - European starlings are not just exceptional songbirds and mimics they also recognize a grammar in their songs in a way that was thought to be unique to humans. Scientists in the United States have discovered that the birds can be taught to identify different patterns of organizing sounds used to communicate. "We show that European starlings accurately recognize acoustic patterns defined by a recursive, self-embedding, context-free grammar," said Timothy Gentner of...

2006-04-26 14:00:00

WASHINGTON -- The simplest grammar, long thought to be one of the skills that separate man from beast, can be taught to a common songbird, new research suggests. Starlings learned to differentiate between a regular birdsong "sentence" and one containing a clause or another sentence of warbling, according to a study in Thursday's journal Nature. It took University of California at San Diego psychology researcher Tim Gentner a month and about 15,000 training attempts, with food as a reward, to...

Latest Starling Reference Libraries

2006-03-06 13:49:52

The Superb Starling (Lamprotornis superbus) is a member of the starling family of birds. It is commonly found in North East Africa - including Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

2006-03-06 13:43:38

The Common Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) or European Starling, is native to most of Eurasia, but has been introduced to South Africa, North America, Australia and New Zealand. In southern and western Europe it is a resident species but northern and eastern populations migrate in winter to these regions, and also further south to areas where it does not breed in Iberia and north Africa. The Starling lives in a variety of habitats and can be found in any open environment from farmland to...

2006-03-06 12:33:12

The Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi), also known as the Bali Myna, is a myna and a member of the starling family. This bird is common to the island of Bali in Indonesia. It is critically endangered, with a population in the wild of six in 2001. Roughly a thousand are believed to survive in captivity. This is a beautiful, medium to large (25cm), stocky starling. It is almost completely white and has a long, drooping crest, black wing-tips and tail tip. The bird has blue bare skin...

2006-03-06 12:04:43

The Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis) is a myna and a member of the starling family. It is common in tropical southern Asia from Afghanistan to India and Sri Lanka. It is also referred to as the Indian Myna or Talking Myna due to its ability to mimic human speech. It has extended its range into southeast Asia, and has been introduced widely elsewhere, including South Africa, Hawaii, North America (especially in the southern Florida area), Australia (where it is considered to be one of the...

2006-03-06 11:43:40

The Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus) is a myna and a member of the starling family. This bird is common in tropical southern Asia from India and Myanmar east to Indonesia. It is typically found in forest and cultivation. It builds a nest in hole where a clutch is 3-6 eggs is laid. These 23cm long birds have grey plumage, which is darker on the head and wings. There are large white wing patches obvious in flight, and a white tail tip. The head has a forehead tuft. The bill and strong legs...

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Word of the Day
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.