Bahamas unveils national park to protect endangered birds

2015-09-02 12:00

The Bahamas has unveiled a new national park to help protect the winter homes of endangered Atlantic Coast shorebirds.

Scientists squabble while Africa's only penguins die

2015-08-27 22:11

They're cute, knee-high, they bray like donkeys and are a tourist attraction near Cape Town. But African Penguins - the continent's only species of the flightless bird - are at risk of extinction.

Critically endangered Philippine Eagle found killed

2015-08-19 11:30

Conservationists say a rare Philippine Eagle released to the wild two months ago has been found killed in a southern Philippine forest in a tragic end after she was nursed back to health from gunshot wounds three years ago.

Chicken to get 3-D printed prosthesis

2015-08-04 17:15

One Massachusetts chicken is about to get a costly leg up on life - a $2 500 prosthetic limb made on a 3-D printer.

Ghana bans sale, movement of live poultry

2015-07-16 20:01

Ghana has banned the sale and transport of live poultry after the H5N1 virus killed thousands of birds.

Brazilian Flamingo gets leg to stand on

2015-06-24 19:15

A Flamingo in a Brazilian zoo has a new leg to stand on, an artificial one.

Tiny bird mimicks hawk warning to fend off predators

2015-06-03 09:49

A bird weighing just two teaspoons of sugar scares off a predator 40 times its size by imitating the 'hawk alarm' of other species, scientists say.

Rare albino sparrow spotted in Australia

2015-05-25 10:16

A rare pure white sparrow has been spotted in Australia, leaving ornithologists all aflutter.

2 million more US chickens to be killed due to flu

2015-05-18 08:04

One of the largest US egg producers says it will destroy 2 million egg-laying hens in the central state of Minnesota due to a deadly bird flu virus.

Cyprus recruits owls and snakes

2015-05-06 16:55

Barn owls and black snakes are being enlisted in Cyprus to protect carob trees, known on the Mediterranean island since antiquity and once a flourishing export.


Nearly all seabirds will eat plastic by 2050

2015-08-31 22:08

Most sea birds have already eaten plastic in the oceans, and scientists project that 99% will have done so by 2050.

Expert: Do not blame the raptors

2015-08-23 08:51

Birds of prey have received much negative press over the last few months, following attacks on domestic animals, but an expert says they are important to the environment.

If birds, bees go, people next

2015-08-13 19:25

If all the birds, bugs, bees and other creatures that pollinate our food crops were to disappear from the planet, humans could face a sharp increase in malnutrition, disease and death.

Feathers fly as cockfighting lands in French court

2015-07-21 18:56

France's top court will this month rule on cockfighting, an ancient blood sport that continues in some French regions despite being banned in most parts of the world.

'Babbler' birds use primitive language - study

2015-06-30 09:30

A bird in Australia is able to string together sounds and mix them up in order to communicate different meanings to others, a skill previously attributed only to humans, researchers say.

'Rice bird' almost extinct thanks to Chinese eating habits

2015-06-09 08:09

A bird that was once one of the most abundant in Europe and Asia is being hunted to near extinction because of Chinese eating habits, according to a study.

Small bird fills big fossil gap

2015-06-03 07:50

The 115-million-year-old remains of a tiny toothed bird with a two-pronged tail resembling a pair of darts have filled knowledge gaps about feather evolution, scientists report.

Mystery over 1 300 birds found dead on Chilean beach

2015-05-19 08:45

Chilean authorities say they are investigating what killed some 1 300 seabirds that mysteriously turned up dead on a beach.

Britons vote - for their national bird

2015-05-07 19:14

British voters are setting the tone for the future by choosing a national bird.

Early bird winds back the avian clock

2015-05-05 21:06

Modern birds may have evolved six million years earlier than thought, say Chinese palaeontologists.

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