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 planes … » 3/05/14 10:00am 3/05/14 10:00am

The Perfect Use For All Your Old Tiny Tires

Remember the lazy summer days of your youth spent whiling away the hours on your backyard tire swing? It only stands to reason that your local bird population—who are all clearly unemployed—are looking for a lazy spot to hang out too. So this 5.5-inch ceramic tire swing bird feeder is the perfect way to lure them to… » 3/05/14 9:20am 3/05/14 9:20am

These Autonomous Drones That Flock Like Birds Sound Horrifying

The thing about mad scientists is that they're both mad and good at science. It seems obvious, but the outcomes are always unexpected. Case and point: this team of Hungarian physicists who created a bunch of autonomous drones that flock like birds. The invasion begins now. » 2/27/14 1:20pm 2/27/14 1:20pm

The world's largest solar plant is killing birds melting them with heat

The world's largest solar plant is awesome—unless you're a bird like the one in this image published by the corporation BrightSource Energy. This bird flew over the plant and was killed by its deadly heat levels, which can reach 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit (537C). Apparently, this was expected. » 2/18/14 11:38am 2/18/14 11:38am

Watch a genius crow solve 8 complex puzzles in perfect order

Meet 007. Not Bond but the bird. But they might just be as smart as one another because the crow can use tools to figure out complex puzzles just as well as a spy. Here's a crow taking one of the most complex tests for the animal mind ever created. If he succeeds, the BBC says it'll be a world's first. Spoiler: he… » 2/10/14 10:24pm 2/10/14 10:24pm

New York Wants To Kill All Of Its Invasive Swans

Swans: elegant symbols of romantic love or terrorizers of plants, small children, and airplanes? The non-native mute swan has been wreaking enough havoc in New York City that the state's Department of Environmental Conservation wants to declare it a "prohibited invasive species." By 2025, under the proposed plan, there… » 1/31/14 5:40pm 1/31/14 5:40pm

Bird steals camera hidden in an egg and films entire penguin colony

From BBC's Penguin - Sky in the Huddle, comes this adorable footage taken by John Dowder of a bird of prey, the Striated Caracara, stealing a hidden camera inside a Penguin egg and taking it for a fly to film an entire Penguin colony. The bird made sure to get the camera angle just right to capture the massive amounts… » 1/17/14 10:01pm 1/17/14 10:01pm

An Ultra-Modern Feeder For Birds With Discerning Tastes

If you've found that the local bird population has been completely ignoring the feeder you hung for them to feast at, maybe the problem doesn't lie with the nuts and seeds you're offering. Maybe it's the feeder itself. After all if you were a bird, would you rather eat from a hollowed out gourd, or this gorgeous » 12/18/13 2:40pm 12/18/13 2:40pm

It Turns Out Dinos Didn't Need Feathers To Fly

In 2003 when a Cretaceous-era dinosaur adorned with long feathers was discovered in China, it sparked a debate as to if and how such a creature could fly. And to help resolve that debate, researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK put a scale model of the dino in a wind tunnel to see just how bird-like the … » 9/18/13 9:25am 9/18/13 9:25am

An Exhilarating Bird's-Eye View Of a Falcon On the Hunt

As action cameras get smaller and smaller, we're able to mount them almost anywhere to capture unique first-person footage of adventures we as humans have never experienced. And if you've ever stared at a bird in the sky—imagining what it would be like to fly without a machine—this amazing footage of a falcon stalking … » 6/11/13 1:19pm 6/11/13 1:19pm