Amazing video shows hundreds of pelicans diving into a feeding frenzy

Birds are awesome creatures, but seeing huge flocks of them—like these pelicans diving into a feeding frenzy—both amaze and scare the bejesus out of me. Maybe is Hitchcock's fault. Or maybe it's because I know these sons of dinosaurs are really waiting for their opportunity to eat us all one day. » 8/25/14 10:01pm 8/25/14 10:01pm

How the World's Largest Solar Plant Wants To Fix Its Fried Bird Problem

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has a problem. The myriad mirrors that reflect the sun's searing rays onto towers that generate electricity also create a death ray that fries anything in its path, namely poor innocent birds flying through the desert. But don't worry. They're working on it. » 8/19/14 1:32pm 8/19/14 1:32pm

Solar Power Company Wants to Make Up For Frying Birds By Neutering Cats

A few months ago, Sploid reported on an unsettling consequence of running the world's largest solar plant. The 350,000 mirrors bounce sunlight back towards the atmosphere with such intensity that it basically creates a giant death ray. The poor little birds that pass by don't stand a chance—they get scorched in midair. » 8/18/14 11:16am 8/18/14 11:16am

This 3D-Printed Falcon Is a Flying Robot Scarecrow

Your usual scarecrow is a pretty low tech contraption: A vaguely humanoid shape draped in old clothes on a field. But what would a high-tech scarecrow look like? A Dutch company has created 3D-printed robot birds of prey that can soar and swoop like the real thing, scaring away pesky real birds away from airports and… » 8/06/14 1:44pm 8/06/14 1:44pm

Clever crow knows exactly how to solve different puzzles to get food

I love it when animals can solve puzzles and problems that I can't even figure out. Here's a crow going through a bunch of different exercises to show its understanding of size, weight, density, the elements and even the amount of effort it should put in to a puzzle to win its reward. » 7/25/14 10:41pm 7/25/14 10:41pm

World's largest flying bird was as big as some aircraft

Wow. A newly discovered flying bird species had a wingspan that stretched 24 feet long—as big as some aircraft. That's pretty much a flying giant in the sky that's twice as big as anything that can fly today. In fact, the bird, Pelagornis sandersi, is so ginormous that it exceeds our estimates "for the limits of… » 7/07/14 9:02pm 7/07/14 9:02pm

United Is Using Its Planes To Track Butterflies and Birds From Above

United Airlines is working with the Smithsonian on a conservation project that will tag and track the smaller members of the animal kingdom. More specifically, the project will use radio receivers mounted on planes to create a low-altitude network of vanishing species like the monarch butterfly. All while you enjoy… » 6/30/14 12:20pm 6/30/14 12:20pm

An hour of birds condensed in one minute is Hitchcock's worst nightmare

Parker Paul recently filmed the birds flying around outside his window for an hour and, in his own words, "used the sky as a blue screen" to create a one-minute-long composite video. It's hard to decide if it's hauntingly beautiful or just plain haunting. The dark Italo disco soundtrack suggests the latter. » 6/19/14 9:29pm 6/19/14 9:29pm

Amazing close-up photos capture war planes and birds' majesty in motion

I've seen many photos of airplanes and nature in my life, but very few photographers get close to Tom Dean's ability to capture any kind of flying bird. The action, the right mix of motion blur and crispy detail, and the sheer awesomeness of them all are simply stunning. Feast your eyes, my friends. » 6/13/14 3:50pm 6/13/14 3:50pm

Our Electronics Are Messing Up How Birds Navigate

The air is thick with electromagnetic noise these days. AM radio waves, the electromagnetic hum of computers—it's invisible to us, but birds seem to detect them with their internal magnetic compass. A new study finds that electromagnetic noise disorients European robins, raising the intriguing and frightening… » 5/08/14 12:40pm 5/08/14 12:40pm

A Hawk Attacking a Balloon In Slo-Mo Is a Graceful Murderous Ballet

There's no denying that everything looks cooler in slow motion, but birds of prey on the hunt are particularly mesmerizing through the lens of a high-speed camera. This Goshawk is being lured into attacking a water balloon baited with a piece of meat, and its mid-air maneuvers make even our most advanced fighter… » 3/05/14 10:00am 3/05/14 10:00am