Scientists discover why some birds live fast and die young

Size, safety and parenting all have an impact on how quickly a species of bird matures, according to new research from the University of Sheffield that could help scientists to understand and predict how animals will respond ...

Hummingbirds show up when tropical trees fall down

When the tree fell that October in 2015, the tropical giant didn't go down alone. Hundreds of neighboring trees went with it, opening a massive 2.5-acre gap in the Panamanian rainforest.

Social distancing: We should take our cues from birds

One of many things that the COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered for is the introduction of the term "social distancing" to the global lexicon. The term is being used to describe a collective behavior designed to maintain ...

How does habitat fragmentation affect Amazonian birds?

The Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project (BDFFP), located near Manaus, Brazil, began in 1979 and is the world's longest-running experimental study of tropical forest fragments. A new paper in The Condor: Ornithological ...

Innovative birds are less vulnerable to extinction

Bird species that have the capacity to express novel foraging behaviours are less vulnerable to extinction than species that do not, according to a collaborative study involving McGill University and CREAF Barcelona and published ...

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Bird species new to science

This is the parent page for a series of pages listing bird species new to science described since 1900. Prior to the 20th century, and indeed into its early decades, the pace of discovery of new species was fast; during this period, with numerous collecting expeditions into species-rich areas not previously visited by western ornithologists, up to several hundred new species per decade were being described. Since then, the pace has slowed, and new species are generally only being found in remote areas, or among cryptic or secretive groups of species. Nonetheless, several tens of species were described for the first time during the 1990s.

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