Endangered Puerto Rican parrots released into wild

2015-01-22 09:10

Scientists in Puerto Rico have reintroduced 15 endangered Puerto Rican parrots into the wild as part of a conservation programme.

Sightings of elusive snowy owls take flight

2015-01-08 19:46

The elusive snowy owl, rarely seen outside the Arctic, is turning up more frequently in the skies of North America than it does in the pages of a Harry Potter book.

Bird flu – know the facts

2014-11-19 16:13

Bird flu concerns are hitting Europe as the disease is discovered in local poultry. This factbox includes the most important information on the disease.

Seychelles fears foreign bird invader

2014-10-17 07:40

It was just a feather: But in the Seychelles, the discovery of parakeet plumage has put environmentalists in a flutter, with a foreign invading bird threatening the national parrot.

Missing Pom parrot returns speaking Spanish

2014-10-13 20:38

A pet parrot that disappeared from the owner's home 4 years ago has returned speaking another language.

Solar plant scorches birds in mid-air

2014-08-20 14:08

Workers at a solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays, 'streamers', for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair.

Bird oglers asked - help study puffins

2014-08-07 07:50

Scientists want the bird-ogling public to observe puffins eating and help with research to save them.

Fruit colours evolved to please picky birds

2014-07-18 14:05

Tropical Asian birds have a penchant for red and black, a proclivity that likely prompted jungle plants to sprout fruit in these colours, scientists say.

Bee-harming pesticides also hit birds

2014-07-09 23:15

Already suspected of killing bees, so-called "neonic" pesticides also affect bird populations.

Hawaii utility using lasers to protect seabirds

2014-07-03 22:31

An electric utility in Hawaii is experimenting with using lasers to protect migrating seabirds. Threatened species are being injured and killed when they fly into lines and poles while migrating.

Emperor penguins waddling to extinction

2014-06-29 21:12

Global warming will send Antarctica's emperor penguins into decline by 2100, scientists have projected and called for the emblematic birds to be listed as endangered and their habitat better protected.

Viewers distraught as baby eagle dies on webcam

2014-06-26 11:00

Wildlife officials are defending their decision not to intervene before an eaglet featured on a webcam died.

How we killed an entire species

2014-06-19 09:55

It was the moment that humanity learned we had the awesome power to erase an entire species. The passenger pigeon went from billions of birds to extinct before our very eyes.

Baby birds get slaughtered by wood chipper

2014-05-08 11:01

Federal and state wildlife officials are investigating a tree-trimming operation in Oakland that witnesses say sent baby birds into a wood chipper, a newspaper reports.

Unusual new bird flu found in Antarctica

2014-05-06 13:48

A new kind of bird flu has been detected for the first time in Adelie penguins in Antarctica, though the virus does not seem to make them sick, researchers say.

US group offers reward for pelican slasher

2014-04-29 12:21

US animal rights groups are offering a $10 000 reward for information on a person who apparently mutilated a California brown pelican, in a case that has drawn widespread attention.

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.

What to feed birds around your house

2013-10-02 14:14

Feeding garden birds is more than just a pleasant past-time: it can contribute to their welfare and conservation too.

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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Australia migratory bird levels plunge from Asia development

2015-01-14 13:26

Coastal developments in northeast Asia are threatening the survival of Australian migratory shorebirds, a study has found.

Songbirds fly coop before tornadoes

2014-12-18 20:29

You might want to be careful about who you call a birdbrain. Some of our feathered friends exhibit powers of perception that put humans to shame.

Insights on hummingbird travel, life span

2014-11-10 18:43

Hummingbirds are giving up some of their secrets. Researchers have discovered hummingbirds can live longer than 10 years as opposed to the two or three once thought likely.

Collapsible wings help eagle fight air turbulence

2014-10-15 12:37

Soaring eagles tuck in their wings when encountering turbulence to avoid damaging their muscles, scientists suggest.

Owls being decapitated in Alex

2014-10-13 11:17

Owls released in Alexandra to fight a rat infestation are being decapitated because people are afraid of them, Owl Rescue says.

Yellow-billed cuckoo is a threatened species

2014-10-03 13:36

The yellow-billed cuckoo has made the western United States its breeding ground for many years. But bird has seen its population dwindle in the past few decades because its habitats have been marred.

Magpies myth busted

2014-08-19 21:07

Magpies, black-and-white birds which for generations have been known as jewellery thieves, are in fact wary of shiny objects, a myth-busting study has claimed.

Dead fish delight birds, disgust beach goers

2014-07-31 09:19

Thousands of dead anchovies have washed up in the town of Seaside providing a welcome feast for marine birds but a foul stench for tourists and residents of the popular beach.

Swans meet their Royal match

2014-07-15 20:15

It used to be a way of seeing how many swans were around that might eventually grace the royal banquet table, but these days the ancient English tradition of swan-upping is a census of the birds.

A bird that holds sway over US Senate

2014-07-07 14:17

An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the US Senate in the coming elections.

Live cam shows Arctic snowy owl & chicks

2014-07-03 11:58

A high-definition camera trained on a burrow near Anchorage is allowing researchers and bird watchers with an Internet connection an unfettered view into the nesting den of an Arctic snowy owl.

US wind farm 1st to avoid penalty for dead eagles

2014-06-27 15:04

A California wind farm will become the first in the US to avoid prosecution if eagles are injured or die when they run into the giant turning blades, the US fish and wildlife service says.

Pesticides kill bees, then brids what next?

2014-06-24 13:50

Neurotoxic pesticides blamed for the world's bee collapse are also harming butterflies, fish and birds, says a scientific review that called for tighter regulation to curb their use.

Cyprus a 'disaster zone' for birds

2014-05-20 09:55

Under the cover of night, activists patrol key poaching sites in Cyprus, described as an ecological disaster zone for endangered migratory birds on their Mediterranean stopover.

Radio waves affect migrating birds

2014-05-08 07:48

Radio waves disrupt the magnetic "compass" in robins, according to a study that is likely to fuel debate about the safety of electronic devices.

Bird lies, deceives to steal food

2014-05-02 09:26

The African bird, the drongo, has proven itself something of a trickster in its ploy to steal food from species like meerkats, a UCT researcher says.

Saudi prince accused of poaching rare birds

2014-04-23 14:04

A Saudi prince has been accused of killing close to 2 000 endangered birds while on safari in Pakistan, the bird’s meat are known to be an aphrodisiac.

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.

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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