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August 13, 2020

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Mathematical Patterns Developed by Alan Turing Help Researchers Understand Bird Behavior

Scientists have used mathematical modelling to understand why flocks of long-tailed tits segregate themselves into different parts of the ...

Most Close Relatives of Birds Neared the Potential for Powered Flight but Few Crossed Its Thresholds

New research has resulted in an updated evolutionary tree of early birds and their closest relatives to reconstruct powered flight potential, showing ...

Scientists Discover New Penguin Colonies from Space

A new study using satellite mapping technology reveals there are nearly 20% more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than was previously thought. The results provide an important benchmark for ...

Is It a Bird, a Plane? Not Superman, but a Flapping Wing Drone

A drone prototype that mimics the aerobatic manoeuvres of one of the world's fastest birds, the swift, is being developed by an international team of engineers in the latest example of biologically ...
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Warming Climate May Trigger More West Nile Outbreaks in Southern California

A new study of captured mosquitoes in Los Angeles finds that West Nile infection is strongly associated with average temperature, and that temperatures above 73 degrees Fahrenheit are highly ...

New Studies Show How to Save Parasites and Why It's Important

An international group of scientists have laid out an ambitious global conservation plan for parasites. Another group of researchers found that the responses of parasites to environmental change are ...

Artificial Intelligence to Identify Individual Birds of Same Species

Humans have a hard time identifying individual birds just by looking at the patterns on their plumage. An international study has now shown how computers can learn to differentiate individual birds ...

Invasive Hedgehogs and Ferrets Habituate to and Categorize Smells

A new study examines how invasive mammalian predators both habituate to and generalize avian prey ...

Experts' High-Flying Study Reveals Secrets of Soaring Birds

New research has revealed when it comes to flying the largest of birds don't rely on flapping to move around. Instead they make use of air currents to keep them airborne for hours at a time. A ...

Avian Speciation: Uniform Vs. Particolored Plumage

Although carrion crows and hooded crows are almost indistinguishable genetically, they avoid mating with each other. Researchers have now identified a mutation that appears to contribute to this ...

Drones and Artificial Intelligence Show Promise for Conservation of Farmland Bird Nests

Every spring, a large number of ground-nests of farmland birds are accidentally destroyed by mechanical operations, such as ploughing and sowing. A new study shows for the first time that such nests ...

Predation by Caspian Terns on Young Steelhead Means Fewer Return as Adults

Caspian terns feeding on young fish have a significant impact on runs of steelhead in the Columbia River, new research ...

Bird Droppings Carry Risk of Antibiotic Resistance

Engineers analyze the droppings of urban birds and show persistent levels of antibiotic-resistant genes and bacteria that may be transferred to humans through the ...

Parasite Infestations Revealed by Tiny Chicken Backpacks

Blood-feeding livestock mites can be detected with wearable sensor technology nicknamed ''Fitbits for chickens.'' To help farmers detect mite infestations, a team of ...

Study Reveals Scale of Habitat Loss for Endangered Birds

A new study warns that the last remaining habitat for several endangered bird species in Europe could reduce by up to 50 per cent in the next century as farmers convert land to more profitable crops ...

New Bird Checklists from Coiba National Park, Panama

A trip to Jicarón Island during the Coiba Bioblitz led to a published bird ...

Community Science Birding Data Does Not Yet Capture Global Bird Trends

Ornithologists say that community science bird data shows different trends in bird populations than professional bird surveys do, especially in developing countries. Researchers look for trends to ...

Twenty-Year Study Tracks a Sparrow Song That Went 'Viral

With the help of citizen scientists, researchers have tracked how one rare sparrow song went ''viral'' across Canada, traveling over 3,000 kilometers between 2000 and 2019 and ...

Scientists Shed New Light on How Seabirds Cruise Through Air and Water

New insight on how four species of seabirds have developed the ability to cruise through both air and water has just been ...

Goodbye Northwestern Crow, Hello Mexican Duck

The latest supplement to the American Ornithological Society's Checklist of North and Middle American Birds includes several major updates to the organization of the continent's bird ...

New Zealand's Ancient Monster Penguins Had Northern Hemisphere Doppelgangers

New Zealand's monster penguins that lived 62 million years ago had doppelgangers in Japan, the USA and Canada, a new study has ...

Tiny Japanese Dinosaur Eggs Help Unscramble Cretaceous Ecosystem

A research team has excavated over 1300 eggshell fossils from the Lower Cretaceous Ohyamashimo Formation of Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Over 96% of these fossils, including numerous fragments, four ...

Mountain Meadow Restoration Can Bring Birds Back

Ecologists evaluated the successes of mountain meadow restorations by analyzing eight years of bird data collected by field biologists. The authors concluded that, when ''pond and ...

Long-Tailed Tits Avoid Harmful Inbreeding by Recognising the Calls of Relatives

Long-tailed tits actively avoid harmful inbreeding by discriminating between the calls of close family members and non-family members, according to new ...

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