Fowl play: Neanderthals were first bird eaters (Update)
Neanderthals may have caught, butchered and cooked wild pigeons long before modern humans became regular consumers of bird meat, a study revealed on Thursday.
Galapagos hawks hand down lice like family heirlooms
Say what you will about the parasitic lifestyle, but in the evolution of life on Earth, it's a winner.
Study traces evolutionary origins of migration in New World birds
Every year, millions of birds make the journey from North America to Central and South America for the winter. But the evolutionary origins of this long-distance migration have remained opaque due to the ...
Shrinking dinosaurs evolved into flying birds (w/ Video)
A new study involving scientists from the University of Southampton has revealed how massive, meat-eating, ground-dwelling dinosaurs evolved into agile flying birds: they just kept shrinking and shrinking, ...
Researchers find selective eaters less likely to be eaten
New research has found that dietary specialization among herbivores, specifically caterpillars, indicates whether or not they are better able to hide themselves from predators such as birds. The research ...
Smarter than a first-grader?
In Aesop's fable about the crow and the pitcher, a thirsty bird happens upon a vessel of water, but when he tries to drink from it, he finds the water level out of his reach. Not strong enough to knock over ...
Blood flow lends insights to bird flight and motion
The blood flow to leg bones in birds has been shown to correlate to their locomotion patterns.
Pollen on birds shows feeding grounds
Encrusted pollen on migrating birds' heads can shed light on where they've taken a break from migration to refuel, scientists say.
Songbird student pilots delay departure and make frequent stopovers during first migration
Juvenile songbirds on spring migration travel from overwintering sites in the tropics to breeding destinations thousands of kilometres away with no prior experience to guide them. Now, a new study out of ...
Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air
A new form of solar energy is having an unwanted side effect: It makes some birds ignite in midair.
How dinosaurs shrank, survived and evolved into birds
That starling at your birdfeeder? It is a dinosaur. The chicken on your dinner plate? Also a dinosaur. That mangy seagull scavenging for chips on the beach? Apart from being disgusting, yet again it is a ...