'Naked' penguins baffle experts
Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Washington, and other groups are grappling with a wildlife mystery: Why are some penguin chicks losing their feathers?
Boluochia closely related to longipteryx, study shows
Very little was known about Mesozoic birds until nearly complete skeletons began to be discovered in the now famous Jehol Group deposits of northeastern China.
New process turns waste chicken feathers into biodegradable plastic
Nearly 3 billion pounds of chicken feathers are plucked each year in the United States -- and most end up in the trash. Now, a new method of processing those feathers could create better types of environmentally-friendly ...
US eagle webcam becomes internet sensation
Cameras installed high in a tree in the US state of Iowa have made an internet sensation of a family of bald eagles, whose nest is streamed online live day and night.
Advance toward making biodegradable plastics from waste chicken features
In a scientific advance literally plucked from the waste heap, scientists today described a key step toward using the billions of pounds of waste chicken feathers produced each year to make one of the more important kinds ...
MU researcher works to save one of the world's most endangered birds
The Tuamotu Kingfisher is a multicolored, tropical bird with bright blue feathers, a dusty orange head, and a bright green back. The entire population of these birds less than 125 lives on one ...
Chilly times for Chinese dinosaurs
Dinosaurs did not always enjoy mild climates. New findings show that during part of the Early Cretaceous, north-east China had a temperate climate with harsh winters. They explain the abundance of feathered ...
For the birds
Kristine Preston steps softly onto UC Irvine's Ecological Preserve, 62 acres of cheerful wildflowers and sweet-smelling sage scrub tucked above University Hills.
Evidence Neanderthals used feathers for decoration
Researchers solve color mystery of blue-feathered penguins
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers from The University of Akron and their colleagues have made an out-of-the-blue discovery.
The success of male bustards is measured by their 'beards'
Up until now it was unknown whether males of the great bustard (Otis tarda), an emblematic bird in Spain and endangered at a global level, transmit information on their weight, size, and age through their ...
The role of color in animal courtship uncovered
Researchers at UQ's Queensland Brain Institute are one step closer to unlocking the role of color in animal courtship rituals after identifying a unique feather structure in birds of paradise.
Researchers discover how feathers get their shine, inspire ideas for creating gloss
University of Akron Integrated Bioscience Ph.D. student Rafael Maia, along with postdoctoral researcher Liliana D'Alba and assistant professor Matthew Shawkey, have learned that black birds really are of a ...
Humidity changes color of birds' feathers, biologists discover
Tree swallows' iridescent feathers change from blue-green to muted yellow when exposed to humidity. The plumage reverses to previous color tones as humidity decreases.