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 1:40pm Tuesday 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 7:50pm 5/04/15 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 11:27am 4/02/15 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 5:02pm 3/16/15 5:02pm

A cargo of birds weighs nothing when they take flight, and then double

If you're driving a truck full of birds, can you bang the truck and lighten your load as the birds launch into the air? Mythbusters concluded "no" when they tackled this question several years ago—but that's because they didn't have equipment as high-tech as these Stanford engineers'. The real answer, it appears, is a… » 1/16/15 9:43am 1/16/15 9:43am

Seeing random objects get animated to act like birds makes me laugh

Here's a silly exercise in animation: Zeitguised made this lighthearted clip to show how different objects would look and act like if they were birds. Yeah, I told you it was silly. But I can't stop laughing at sliced eggs and a bunch of leaves and worms sitting on a tree branch. Oh the worms. » 11/14/14 12:25am 11/14/14 12:25am

Holy crap, tiny gosling chicks jump 400 feet off a cliff to survive

If you think Red Bull gives you wings or that buying a GoPro makes your life awesome, I think these tiny little gosling chicks have something to tell you: mother nature doesn't need that for thrills. Look at them 'base jump' off a 400 foot cliff 'without a parachute' and hit the side of the mountain and still survive. » 10/27/14 9:32pm 10/27/14 9:32pm

This beach infested with sharks on the sand is the most terrifying thing

Well, I know where my nightmare exists in real life: Cape Lookout National Seashore off the coast of North Carolina. Hundreds of sharks were seen right on the beach, swimming in and out of the waves and flapping and attacking around and hunting a school of blue fish. It's a terrifying sight to see. » 10/15/14 10:31pm 10/15/14 10:31pm

Watching a falcon hunt down a crow in the air is pretty terrifying

Seeing a falcon hunt down a crow from the falcon's point of view in an aerial pursuit is not unlike seeing an airplane dogfight or a crazy aerial chase scene from an action movie. Only this is happening in nature all the time. And this particular crow has no chance against the falcons. » 9/22/14 11:16pm 9/22/14 11:16pm

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