Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology has brewed up a hypnotizing representation of birds flocking up and down the length of two continents over the course of a year. No more complaining about your commute.
A team of ornithologists were working on a small Moroccan island when they observed some rather bizarre behavior in adult falcons. The raptors appeared to be imprisoning tiny birds in the crevasses of rocks in an effort to keep them fresh for a later meal.
Redditor muppaphone was forced to do a double take earlier this week while browsing through the insect collection at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. We see what they did there.
In past centuries, birdsong experts tried to distinguish mockingbirds from thrashers by keeping their ears peeled. These days, they’re better served by eagle eyes.
There are many interesting biological questions a biology degree doesn’t necessarily equip you to answer. For instance, as a bio major at one of the world’s top ornithology research universities, I managed to skate by without learning diddly squat about birds.
Add this picture quiz on common backyard birds to the list of things you never thought you'd care about but then actually became weirdly and unreasonably invested in once you tried them. What? Just me?
When it comes to birds, males—with their bright feathers, extra accessories, and impressive mating displays—tend to get all the attention. But for many birds, such as the Choco Toucan pictured above, brilliant plumage has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with survival.
I really like this poultry farmer build by Brother Steven. Some might say that the way he attached the foliage to the tree was fowl, but I think it's brilliant! I also enjoy some of the nice touches with the turkeys and geese, utilizing minifigure hands as the beaks is pretty clever, though I feel like those might…
You've probably never heard of the Maleo – the endangered creature is found exclusively on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. But it is a fascinating animal.
Although all birds rely on internal fertilization for reproduction, the males of just 3% of bird species actually possess penises —instead, males and females alike invert and bring together their cloacas, a basic opening through which all the birds' various bodily emissions pass.
The other day, we learned that parrots love the Scissor Sisters — news that Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears was overjoyed to discover.
As humans, we can start a conversation with someone else and be pretty confident they will know we're talking to them. This is one of those things that's so basic we forget to even take it for granted. But this is much, much trickier for parrots — and it might explain their gift for mimicry.
It's sometimes suggested humans are the only species that truly understands the concept of the death. But now researchers have discovered that humans aren't the only creatures who hold funerals.
It might be a little irritating when people tell you to fit more sleep into your already overloaded schedule, but they're not wrong — all across the animal kingdom, less sleep means worse performance. With one rather large, sex-mad exception.
Cuckoo finches are bad news to other birds. They are brood parasites, meaning they lay eggs in other species's nests to trick their victims into raising the finches' children as their own. This kicked off a supercharged evolutionary arms race.
At first glance, the behavior of scrub jays seems like a sign of intelligence. Whenever they notice another bird looking at their food, they will hide their food as far away as possible...then start doing that over and over again.
Because of its extreme isolation from any other major landmass, New Zealand's unique native ecosystem is literally for the birds. And these rather elegant-looking penguins briefly dominated this bird paradise, back when New Zealand was mostly underwater.