Feathers fly as cockfighting lands in French court

2015-07-21 18:56

France's top court will this month rule on cockfighting, an ancient blood sport that continues in some French regions despite being banned in most parts of the world.

'Babbler' birds use primitive language - study

2015-06-30 09:30

A bird in Australia is able to string together sounds and mix them up in order to communicate different meanings to others, a skill previously attributed only to humans, researchers say.

'Rice bird' almost extinct thanks to Chinese eating habits

2015-06-09 08:09

A bird that was once one of the most abundant in Europe and Asia is being hunted to near extinction because of Chinese eating habits, according to a study.

Small bird fills big fossil gap

2015-06-03 07:50

The 115-million-year-old remains of a tiny toothed bird with a two-pronged tail resembling a pair of darts have filled knowledge gaps about feather evolution, scientists report.

Mystery over 1 300 birds found dead on Chilean beach

2015-05-19 08:45

Chilean authorities say they are investigating what killed some 1 300 seabirds that mysteriously turned up dead on a beach.

Britons vote - for their national bird

2015-05-07 19:14

British voters are setting the tone for the future by choosing a national bird.

Early bird winds back the avian clock

2015-05-05 21:06

Modern birds may have evolved six million years earlier than thought, say Chinese palaeontologists.

Backyard feeders invite aggressive bird breeds

2015-05-04 23:33

Backyard bird feeders may ruffle some feathers, attracting aggressive breeds like house sparrows and doves while discouraging native species that eat insects and nectar.

More US poultry flocks infected with bird flu

2015-04-15 09:04

The number of US poultry flocks infected with a deadly strain of bird flu has rose as Iowa identified its first case and Minnesota confirmed eight more cases, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

Rare black flamingo spotted in Cyprus

2015-04-08 21:28

An extremely rare black flamingo, possibly the only one of its kind, has been spotted near a military base on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.


Ghana bans sale, movement of live poultry

2015-07-16 20:01

Ghana has banned the sale and transport of live poultry after the H5N1 virus killed thousands of birds.

Brazilian Flamingo gets leg to stand on

2015-06-24 19:15

A Flamingo in a Brazilian zoo has a new leg to stand on, an artificial one.

Tiny bird mimicks hawk warning to fend off predators

2015-06-03 09:49

A bird weighing just two teaspoons of sugar scares off a predator 40 times its size by imitating the 'hawk alarm' of other species, scientists say.

Rare albino sparrow spotted in Australia

2015-05-25 10:16

A rare pure white sparrow has been spotted in Australia, leaving ornithologists all aflutter.

2 million more US chickens to be killed due to flu

2015-05-18 08:04

One of the largest US egg producers says it will destroy 2 million egg-laying hens in the central state of Minnesota due to a deadly bird flu virus.

Cyprus recruits owls and snakes

2015-05-06 16:55

Barn owls and black snakes are being enlisted in Cyprus to protect carob trees, known on the Mediterranean island since antiquity and once a flourishing export.

Bird flu may take bite out of Thanksgiving's turkey supply

2015-05-05 12:16

The largest-ever US outbreak of avian influenza, which has devastated Midwestern poultry and egg producers in recent weeks, could be felt at Thanksgiving tables across the nation come November, farmers and some trade groups say.

Colorful macaws bring beauty to chaotic Caracas

2015-04-24 10:25

In the 1970s Vittorio Poggi was inspired to breed macaws and release them across Venezuela's capital. Forty years later, hundreds, perhaps thousands of macaws colour the sky giving residents a moment of quiet respite from chaos and crime.

Spotted owl could be designated endangered

2015-04-09 20:35

The US government says it is launching a review on whether to list the northern spotted owl as an 'endangered' species after a decades-old fight between conservationists and loggers.

Cops probe death of Kate the goose

2015-04-08 20:52

Canadian police launched an investigation into the shooting death of a goose named after the Duchess of Cambridge that has left the bird's mate William and local townsfolk heartbroken.

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