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© Peter Schouten from Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin of Birds
Feature: Survival of the Littlest
Birds co-existed with their dinosaur ancestors for nearly 100 million years, but eventually outlived them. Two new studies have revealed why.
Feature: Why Don’t Birds Fall Over When They Take Off?
An analysis of the biomechanics of the powerful jump of a bird taking flight gives inspiration for the future of agile robots.
Browse: Private Land Is Better for Birds than Conservation Reserves
Private land can help protect Australia’s endangered bird populations as effectively as the nation’s best performing conservation reserves, according to a study published in Ecography.
When the pigeon pecks the image correctly a border is displayed and a short tone
Feature: Bird Brains? Pigeons Move Up the Pecking Order
Research into the intellectual abilities of pigeons reveals that the brains of birds, while very different to our own brains, are capable of much more than they’re given credit for.
Superb fairy-wren
Feature: Learning Before Birth
Superb fairy-wrens sing to their chicks before they hatch, teaching them a begging call that identifies them before cuckoo chicks can predate the nest.
Feature: A Birds’ Eye View of Avian Flight
The “handedness” of birds enables them to navigate a collision-free path through complex environments, with some flying left of obstacles while others prefer to fly right.
What came first: the kiwi or its enormous egg? Credit: Rod Morris Photography
Feature: Flight of the Kiwi
How did large flightless birds such as emus, ostriches and kiwis disperse around the globe? Surprisingly, it seems they flew everywhere.
The evolutionary tree of modern birds estimated from genomic data.
Feature: The Big Bang of Bird Evolution
Genome studies have revealed whether the extinction of dinosaurs coincided with the rapid diversification of birds.
Feature: To Feed or Not To Feed? The Impacts of Backyard Bird Feeders
Bird feeding is a popular way for people to interact with urban wildlife, but what are the consequences for birds, bird populations and native biodiversity as a whole?
Browse: Cockies Win, Swallows Lose when Roos Come to Town
Eco Logic: Dogs on Leashes, Birds on Beaches
A bit of maths can help managers minimise the impact of dogs on migratory shorebirds.