What happens when an airplane hits a bird

Poor birdie. If you ever wondered what would happen if an airplane and a bird hit each other head on, here it is. It doesn’t end up exactly how you think it would. Well, it kind of does as in the bird loses but it is a little surprising in how high and straight the bird bounces in the air after hitting the nose of the… »Yesterday 8:30pm11/23/15 8:30pm


Fossil With Preserved Tail Feathers and Skin Reveals Dinosaur Plumage Patterns

An undergraduate student from the University of Alberta has uncovered the fossilized remains of an Ornithomimus dinosaur with preserved tail feathers and soft tissue. The remarkable specimen is offering important insights into the plumage patterns of these ancient creatures, while tightening the linkages between… »11/02/15 11:15am11/02/15 11:15am

Video shows what it looks like when vultures attack a carcass in nature

Here’s a really unique view of what it would be like to be a dead animal in the life cycle of nature. National Geographic dropped off a wildebeest carcass in the Serengeti in Africa and recorded exactly what it looks like to see bugs swarm and vultures fight each other to eat what’s leftover of the carcass. »9/08/15 8:20pm9/08/15 8:20pm

Incredible photo of hawks tossing food to each other in midair

Photographer Phoo Chan captured this perfect sequence of a Northern Harrier tossing prey to one of its baby chick hawks in midair. It’s an amazing display of coordination, like a little game of pitch and catch between a dad and his kid. You can see the adult hawk drop the prey and then watch the offspring catch it, as… »7/31/15 7:40pm7/31/15 7:40pm

Beautiful video of beautiful birds flying in slow motion

Birds being able to fly is Mother Nature’s ploy to make us all jealous. There are few cooler abilities in the real world. What else even comes close? Being able to hold your breath really long? Change colors? Grow back a chopped claw? Flying tops them all. Here’s a collection of birds flying in slow motion just to… »7/29/15 6:16pm7/29/15 6:16pm

Watch a woodpecker bang its beak and head against a tree in slow motion

Man, that’s got to flatten out some brain cells. Slow motion footage from a Turkish TV program The Glory of Nature found on Reddit shows a woodpecker repeatedly drilling its beak into a tree. You can see the head of the bird jiggle and the shock of the hit reverberate throughout its entire body. But it just keeps… »6/19/15 3:55am6/19/15 3:55am

Look how amazingly still a hummingbird's body is when it flies

Here’s a video of hummingbirds flying in slow motion. It’s really cool to see how different the speed of its wings move versus the stillness of its body. It’s like the video is in fast forward when you’re staring at the wings but completely stopped when you just see the body. I’ll never not be impressed by… »6/17/15 8:20pm6/17/15 8:20pm

3D-Printed Eggs Can Even Fool Wild Birds Into Thinking They're Real

Maybe you’re familiar with the asshole behavior of cowbirds. Known as “brood parasites,” cowbirds lay eggs in another bird’s nest and trick the host bird into raising cowbird offspring at the expense of her own. Like I said, assholes. But birds can learn to recognize imposter eggs. That’s where 3D printing comes in. »5/26/15 1:40pm5/26/15 1:40pm

How Bird Poop Helps Populate a New Volcanic Island With Life

In 2013, a new island was born off the coast of Japan. While some of these islands formed by volcanic eruptions are only temporary, Nii-jima (“new neighbor” in Japanese) kept growing, eventually consuming the nearby island of Nishino-shima as well. Now the entire landmass is coated in fresh lava just waiting for new… »5/04/15 7:50pm5/04/15 7:50pm

Spectacular video shows birds suddenly flying away from a power line

What a fascinating view. I don't pretend to know what triggers a bird's decision to take flight or what makes an entire flock want to take off all at once but man, is it cool to see. This video shows three recordings of starlings taking off from a power line: in real time, at half speed and at 300 frames per second. »4/02/15 11:27am4/02/15 11:27am

Eagle flies above Dubai from the Burj Khalifa and nails target landing

Watch as an eagle takes off from the Burj Khalifa and flies high up above Dubai in this incredible video that shows you the stunning view from the eagle's point of view. It's fun to see it calibrate itself at 2700 feet in the air and then recognize its landing target and take an immediate dive toward its trainer. »3/16/15 5:02pm3/16/15 5:02pm