Study documents effects of mercury on songbird reproduction
(Phys.org) —Mercury takes a toll on the population of songbirds, even at sublethal doses. Research conducted on captive birds at William & Mary showed that reproductive success went down as the dosage of ...
Deer feeding puts birds at risk
By comparing the fate of artificial nests close and far away from supplementary feeding sites located in the forest for ungulates, such as deer and wild boar, researchers found that those nests in the vicinity ...
New haul of exotic animals seized in Philippines
Wildlife authorities said Tuesday they had seized nearly 100 exotic animals that had been smuggled into the southern Philippines in the second such haul in just two weeks.
Study on evolution of flu viruses may change textbooks, history books
A new study reconstructing the evolutionary tree of flu viruses challenges conventional wisdom and solves some of the mysteries surrounding flu outbreaks of historical significance.
With turkeys gone wild, Maine expands hunting
Once nearly wiped out of existence, turkeys are running wild.
'Shy' male birds flock together—and have fewer friends
Male birds that exhibit 'shy' social behaviour are much more likely to join flocks of birds with a similar personality than their 'bold' male counterparts, a new study has found. But shy birds also have fewer ...
Influenza virus in wild birds in Norway
Ducks and gulls are the natural hosts of influenza A virus. Ragnhild Tønnessen's PhD research project has characterised influenza A viruses in gulls and ducks in Norway.
Bright birds make good mothers
Female blue tits with brightly coloured crowns are better mothers than duller birds, according to a new study led by the University of York.
Modern-day colliers' canaries
Much like the miners' canaries of yesteryear, birds are once again warning of potentially damaging substances in the former South Wales coalfield.
Human-driven change on Argentine forests
A new report by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Disease Ecology Laboratory of Instituto de Ciencias Veterinarias del Litoral, Argentina (ICIVET LITORAL, UNL-CONICET) shows that increases in ...
Snakes devour more mosquito-eating birds as climate change heats forests
Many birds feed on mosquitoes that spread the West Nile virus, a disease that killed 286 people in the United States in 2012 according to the Centers for Disease Control. Birds also eat insects that can be agricultural pests. ...
Study reveals uncertainty over the benefits of feeding birds in winter
Wild bird populations are generally thought to benefit from being given additional food in winter but our understanding of the effects of such food provision is incomplete. The results of a new study, carried ...
City-life changes blackbird personalities, study shows
The origins of a young animal might have a significant impact on its behavior later on in life. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell, Germany, have been able to demonstrate ...
Magpies take decisions faster when humans look at them
Researchers from the Seoul National University found that wild birds appear to "think faster" when humans, and possibly predators in general, are directly looking at them.