Hunting behind steep drop in animal numbers in tropics - report

2017-04-15 20:04

Hunting poses a major threat to mammals and birds in tropical regions near population centres and roads, according to new research.

Cyprus poachers kill 2.3 million songbirds in 2016

2017-03-16 23:17

Poachers in Cyprus killed an estimated 2.3 million birds in autumn 2016, including 800 000 on a British military base.

High winds topple tree with bald eagle nest

2017-02-13 21:13

High winds have taken down power lines in Pittsburgh and also knocked down a tree that was home to an eagle's nest.

1000s of snow geese may have died in mine pit

2016-12-07 19:55

Montana mine officials say it's likely several thousand snow geese died after landing in the toxic waters of a pit mine.

Hapless courier tries to mail stuffed rare birds

2016-10-12 19:48

Indonesian authorities have seized dozens of stuffed birds of paradise from a hapless courier who did not realise they were a protected species, an official says.

Global trade in African grey parrots banned

2016-10-02 19:33

Delegates at a global wildlife conference in Johannesburg have voted to ban international trade in African grey parrots, one of the world's most trafficked birds.

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.


Ancient poo shows Antarctic penguins' volcanic past

2017-04-12 21:15

Analysis of ancient penguin guano has revealed that volcanic eruptions, not climate change, almost wiped out an Antarctic sea bird colony three times, researchers have found.

New measures approved to protect birds from contaminated pit

2017-03-04 09:13

Federal officials say they have approved new measures to prevent a repeat of last autumn's mass bird deaths in a contaminated former open-pit mine in Montana.

Final wind-turbine rule permits 1000s of eagle deaths

2016-12-16 16:39

The Obama administration is finalising a rule that lets wind-energy companies operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years - even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles.

Record-shattering birds stay in air for 10 months - study

2016-10-28 13:47

A small, dark-feathered bird known as the common swift flies for 10 months on end without ever landing, the longest time spent aloft of any known bird, scientists say.

SA vulture expert helps save 9 endangered vultures in Zim

2016-10-12 14:39

It's been a bad week for vultures in this part of Africa but here's one story worth celebrating: nine vultures found poisoned in Zimbabwe have been saved, thanks in part to the dedication of a South African vulture expert.

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.

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