DNA evidence suggests humans hunted moa to extinction
Deadly H5N1 bird flu needs just five mutations to spread easily in people
It's a flu virus so deadly that scientists once halted research on the disease because governments feared it might be used by terrorists to stage a biological attack.
Running geese give insight into low oxygen tolerance
A new study into how the world's highest flying bird, the bar-headed goose, is able to survive at extreme altitudes may have future implications for low oxygen medical conditions in humans.
Global warming may be causing surge in numbers of pink salmon
Study shows urban birds with darker feathers may be better at removing metal toxins
Biased sex ratios predict more promiscuity, polygamy and divorce in birds
(Phys.org) —Birds in female-dominated populations are more likely to ditch and 'divorce' their mates while promiscuity increases in predominantly male environments, according to new research.
Long-tailed tits set for climate boost
Long-tailed tits will be an unlikely beneficiary of climate change, according to new research.
Mercury contamination threatens Antarctic birds
Mercury contamination in the Antarctic and Subantarctic affects bird populations, reveal researchers from the Centre d'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé and from the 'Littoral, Environnement et Sociétés' Laboratory ...
Iconic boreal bird species declining in the Adirondacks, study says
A new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society finds that several iconic Adirondack birds are in trouble, with declines driven by the size of their wetland habitats, how connected these wetlands are to ...
Sixteen year study of remote sea birds shows sub-annual breeding to maximise offspring
(Phys.org) —A bird species that makes its breeding home on a remote Atlantic island has been shown to breed consistently for the first time with a cycle of less than a year, following a 16-year study by University of Birmingham ...
Lead continues to be a serious threat to California condor populations
The California condor was one of the first species to be listed under the Endangered Species Preservation Act in 1966 when the population was reduced to a handful of birds. Through a massive collaborative effort that included ...
Private land 'can help save Australia's imperilled wildlife'
Private land can help protect Australia's endangered bird populations as effectively as the nation's best performing conservation reserves, a new study shows.
Student designs drone to study starlings
(Phys.org) —Like something out of a science fiction movie, Scott Davis's remote controlled "octocopter" hovers above the ground and then soars over treetops, attracting the attention of onlookers who glance ...
New discovery finds missing hormone in birds
University of Akron researchers discovered leptin in the mallard duck, peregrine falcon and zebra finch, marking the first time the hormone has been found in birds.