Japan kills 112 000 chickens due to bird flu

2014-04-15 07:34

Japan has finished slaughtering 112 000 chickens after confirming its first bird flu infections for three years, with authorities stepping up efforts to contain the outbreak.

World's oldest flamingo, 83, dies

2014-01-31 10:52

Staff at Adelaide Zoo are in mourning after the world's oldest flamingo, and their oldest resident, died at 83-years-old.

Bird steals camera, records journey

2013-12-02 13:03

A brazen bird has snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and took it on a 110km journey.

Birds of prey keep stadium pigeons away

2013-09-30 19:04

A bird of prey a day keeps pesky pigeons away - at least that's the case at the Cape Town Stadium, where falcons and hawks are succeeding in deterring pigeons from the pitch.

Stork detained as spy in Egypt found dead

2013-09-07 22:50

In Egypt, a stork once detained by police on suspicion of being an avian spy is found dead

Britain's puffins feeling climate change

2013-08-23 17:34

Puffins as well as other coastal species are under threat in Britain as erosion and climate change destroy their habitat.

Study: Birds sense road speed limits

2013-08-22 08:30

Birds sense posted speed limits on roads and react to avoid collisions, according to a study.


Numerous birds have been treated after the stricken cargo ship Kiani Satu started leaking oil near Knysna.

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Endangered species thrive at army base

2013-08-11 10:56

North America's rarest bird is rebounding from the brink of extinction on a US Navy bombing range.

New flame-headed bird species found

2013-06-26 09:03

A new species of bird with a distinctive orange-red coloured tuft of feathers on its head has been found in Cambodia's populous capital city.

How birds lost their penises

2013-06-07 08:18

Birds, like humans, reproduce by internal fertilisation. So where, developmentally speaking, have their penises gone?

Pigeons peck for computerised treat

2013-05-30 08:39

Pigeons learn virtual patterned-string problems in a computerised touch screen environment.

Poachers ripping ostrich feathers

2013-04-09 09:54

The beleagured ostrich industry has been hit by poachers who creep into fields at night to rip feathers off live birds.

Lighting causes birds to grow fast

2013-02-19 13:03

All-night lighting in cities is prompting baby birds to grow up faster and mate younger, a study of European blackbirds shows.

Andean condor decline hits tradition

2013-01-21 21:27

Strapping a giant condor to the back of a raging bull is a central part of an Andean festival celebrated in Peru but some people worried about the endangered vulture's future.

Cormorant returns camera

2012-11-16 12:03

An avid fisherman has been reunited with his camera eight months after dropping it into a canal, after a woman retrieved it from around the neck of a cormorant.

e-Atlas of marine bird areas launched

2012-10-17 12:31

An e-Atlas of Marine-Important Bird Areas, was launched by the BirdLife International at the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Penguins take over 79-year-old's home

2012-10-10 13:43

A colony of endangered African penguins has ruffled the feathers of an elderly Betty's Bay resident, whose house is slowly being taken over by the critters.

Poachers poison 183 vultures

2012-09-05 11:07

Poachers in Zimbabwe recently poisoned 183 vultures in a single event, in an attempt to cover their tracks.

Western Cape ostriches to be killed

2012-07-12 09:38

Thousands of ostriches in the Western Cape are being slaughtered after a fresh outbreak of avian flu.

100 Amazon birds risk extinction

2012-06-08 09:43

A conservation group says deforestation in the Amazon has put 100 species of birds at risk of extinction.

Colourful birds quicker to evolve: study

2012-05-10 17:16

Birds with multiple versions of their colour patterns have evolved into new species more quickly than those with uniform plumage, Australian researchers say.

Pigeon riddle flies in face of science

2012-04-11 22:41

Scientists have sent robot scouts into deep space and unravelled the genome, yet have been forced to admit they are still baffled by how homing pigeons navigate.

Drought leaves slim pickings for birds

2011-11-22 21:05

Migrating cranes, and snow geese have been left with fewer winter watering holes due to the Southwestern drought.

Ostriches culled in Eastern Cape

2011-11-02 16:30

Sixteen ostriches infected with Avian Flu have been culled in the Eastern Cape, says the provincial department of rural development and agrarian reform.


Flamingo killer strikes twice at Frankfurt Zoo

2014-03-24 21:51

German police are hunting a killer responsible for the death of 15 flamingos at Frankfurt Zoo, some of which were beheaded as they slept.

Hezbollah 'arrests' Israeli bird

2013-10-17 19:01

An Israeli bird expert is outraged after Hezbollah captured an endangered eagle and claims espionage.

Falcon to keep pigeons from CT stadium

2013-09-25 22:11

The City of Cape Town has resorted to an unorthodox way to protect the pitch of the Cape Town Stadium against pigeons.

Muti beliefs threaten SA vultures

2013-09-03 10:31

The vulture population is threatened because of traditional muti beliefs that its head gives a person powers, The Times has reported.

Speed limits for birds, too

2013-08-22 14:59

So speed limit signs are not only for drivers, but for birds too - no, we're not talking about planes either.


SANCCOB has admitted 217 oiled birds after the Kiani Satu started leaking oil near Knysna.

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20 condors poisoned in Chile

2013-08-13 09:30

Twenty condors were apparently poisoned with insecticide in the Chilean Andes cordillera and two of the giant birds have died, officials have said.

Bird brains happened before birds

2013-08-01 13:02

New evidence has emerged that puts a dent into the reputation of the famous "first bird" - Archaeopteryx, a feathered descendant of the dinosaurs, which lived around 150 million years ago.

Vulture, thought extinct, seen in Kruger

2013-06-23 17:46

A vulture declared regionally extinct in South Africa has reappeared in the Kruger National Park.

Atlantic puffins in peril in US

2013-06-03 12:00

The Atlantic puffin population is at risk in the US, and there are signs the seabirds are in distress in other parts of the world.

Chicks blackmail parents, study finds

2013-04-10 09:32

Fledglings of a southern African bird species threaten suicide to blackmail their parents into bringing them more food, scientists have said.

Going, going, gone - dodo bone for sale

2013-03-27 19:37

A rare 10cm fragment of a dodo bone will go on sale in Britain, around 300 years after the flightless bird was hunted to extinction.

US bird invasion brings real-life horror

2013-02-18 07:26

Millions of birds have descended on a small Kentucky city, fouling the landscape, scaring pets and raising the risk for disease.

Serbian town protects winter owls

2013-01-20 21:23

The townsfolk of Kikinda in northeast Serbia have welcomed an unlikely intruder into their midst, even decreeing stiff fines for anyone who dares disturb the peace of the long-eared owls.

Birds avoid sick flock

2012-11-07 11:33

House finches avoid sick members of their own species; a finding that could be useful for tracking the spread of diseases like bird flu that also affects humans.

Care about gannets - conservationist

2012-10-16 14:06

It is important to care about vulnerable species in order to afford them protection before they are wiped out, a conservationist has said.

Putin leads young Siberian cranes

2012-09-06 10:27

Russian President Vladimir Putin has piloted a motorised hang glider to lead a flock of young Siberian white cranes in flight.

Plan to save penguins floated

2012-08-21 22:20

A plan to save South Africa's rapidly dwindling African penguin population has been released for public comment by Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

National bird remains endangered

2012-07-09 22:22

South Africa's national bird, the blue crane, remains endangered as the annual KwaZulu-Natal aerial crane survey enters its 20th year.

Austrian city puts pigeons on the pill

2012-05-31 22:37

What works for humans might as well work for birds, so thinks the Austrian city of Linz, which has confronted the problem of too many pigeons by feeding them contraceptive pills.

Penguins aplenty in Antarctica

2012-04-15 21:01

Antarctica boasts almost twice as many emperor penguins as previously thought, researchers have discovered using satellite mapping technology.

Rare Asian bird takes wrong turn to US

2011-12-28 20:01

A rare Asian hooded crane, normally seen only in Southeast Asia, China and Japan, "took a wrong turn" and joined sandhill cranes wintering in the southern United States.

Rare white kiwi seeing red after surgery

2011-11-02 17:34

A rare white kiwi is seeing red after surgery to remove a stone from its gizzard.

Hawks to patrol Singapore shop precinct

2011-10-12 22:00

Businesses along Singapore's famous Orchard Road shopping street plan to deploy trained hawks to scare off thousands of birds whose droppings rain down on pedestrians' heads.

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