ARTICLES RELATING TO BIRDS

Hornbills shut Zimbabwe schools

2015-02-15 16:57

Ground hornbills broke so many windows and scared so many pupils at a school in southern Zimbabwe it had to be shut for a week, a report says.

Migrating birds take turns leading the flock

2015-02-03 18:47

Flying in a V-formation is toughest for the leader, and migrating birds compensate by taking turns so that no one gets exhausted.

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.

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.

Student snatches flamingo from US zoo

2014-10-09 22:00

A student has been arrested for snatching a flamingo from a US zoo.

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.

 

Joggers warned to beware of angry owl

2015-02-06 11:33

Oregon officials are warning early morning joggers and park visitors in the state capital Salem to watch out for an owl who has an affinity for hats after at least four people were attacked.

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.

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.

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