Poachers target 'ivory on wings'

2016-09-27 16:15

Some call it "ivory on wings" - part of the bill of a critically endangered bird in Southeast Asia that is sought by poachers and carved into ornaments for illegal sale to Chinese buyers.

'Baby, it's hot outside': Why birds sing to eggs

2016-08-18 20:57

Much like parents who talk to a pregnant woman's belly, some birds sing to their eggs before they hatch, and the reason may be to prepare them for a warming world, researchers say.

'Aggressive' swan killed, new protocols in place

2016-07-31 19:00

US environmental officials who killed a swan they said was aggressive, are trying to better inform the public about nesting sites so people can elude encounters with the birds.

Conservationists hope to bring beloved bird back

2016-07-23 19:50

The Restore the Call program at the Biodiversity Research Institute in Portland plans to move 10 chicks to an area south of Boston this summer.

Ducklings can learn differences between objects

2016-07-15 10:31

Baby ducks can learn the difference between two objects of varying shape and colour, a capability previously known only to exist in apes, crows and parrots, scientists say.

Exotic pet trade sends US bird rescues soaring

2016-06-22 17:34

In a small animal hospital perched on Miami's sun-splashed harbuor, some of the most exotic creatures fly in and out of Carla Zepeda's life.

Gay vulture couple adopts egg in German zoo

2016-04-26 19:59

A pair of gay vultures in a German zoo have adopted an egg abandoned by its mother and started to incubate it in a nest they built.

Seagull poo posing problem at beach

2016-04-05 23:18

A surge in seagull droppings is fouling up the water at a popular Dublin beach, Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency says.

Pigeons patrolling London skies

2016-03-16 23:24

Ten pigeons armed with air pollution detectors on their backs have been released into the London sky to monitor pollution in the British capital.

Fever trees felled to keep egrets’ poo off cars

2016-02-11 10:15

Fever trees in Armitage Road that were the roosting place for scores of egrets have been chopped down.


Scientists unravel mystery of osprey migration

2016-08-21 16:22

By putting tracking devices on ospreys, scientists are unravelling some of the mysteries behind the marathon migration of these fish-eating birds.

Family man kills Tampa park 'ambassador'

2016-08-03 19:49

Veterinarians at a park in Tampa have had to euthanise "Pinky" the flamingo after a man grabbed her from an animal viewing area and threw her to the ground.

Bearded vulture flies to Romania, seen 1st time in decades

2016-07-29 18:39

Romania's Ornithological Society says a bearded vulture has flown into Romania, the first time the rare bone-eating bird has been spotted here in more than 80 years.

Science analyses rare rapport between birds, people

2016-07-21 22:59

For generations, people in Africa have partnered with wild birds called honeyguides to find bee hives and honey, and scientists say they have analysed this rare rapport for the first time.

Bald eagles making strong recovery in US

2016-07-01 21:50

Virginia's bald eagle population is thriving with more than 1 000 breeding pairs spotted in the state this year.

Study solves mystery of birds' red colour

2016-05-20 07:50

Scientists say they have solved a long-standing mystery about what makes some birds red - a colour that, when found in beaks and feathers, shows strong sex appeal.

Live chick shredding end sought

2016-04-26 12:50

In a basement of Dresden University, German scientists are busy refining a technique that could save millions of fluffy chicks from being shredded to death moments after they hatch.

Baby bald eagle brings glee to millions

2016-03-18 19:00

A baby bald eagle has finally hatched, its first few moments in the world caught on camera for a rapt audience who had been on tenterhooks for days.

Bid to relocate roosting egrets backfires

2016-02-12 11:30

The egrets that lost their roosting spot when trees outside Toyota in Armitage Road were felled have relocated to trees behind the dealership.

Ravens can imagine being watched

2016-02-02 19:04

Ravens can imagine being spied upon by a hidden competitor, showing a capacity for abstraction once thought to be exclusively human.

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