Pied butcherbirds, such as this one, sing solos, duos and trios.
© Duade Paton
Is birdsong simply a hard-wired, functional, primitive sound – or could we call it 'music'? Australia's pied butcherbirds show there are surprising overlaps between birds' and humans' musical abilities.
New research provides early evidence of general intelligence in animals.
Why does everyone say I’m aloof?
Our feline friends have a reputation for being distant – but are cats really that cool?
Could this be the world’s largest Fitbit?
By understanding sleep across animals we can gain insights into improving the quality of human sleep. It can also help to bolster conservation management strategies for the animals in question.
Zoos, emphasising natural behaviour and conservation, remain more popular than ever.
With circuses on the wane, are our attitudes towards animals improving?
Snow leopard, as captured by the BBC’s Planet Earth II.
The most recent episode of the BBC's Planet Earth II has got people asking some hard questions about the world's most mysterious big cats.
Flaviu the lynx is still at large (file photo of a similar Eurasian lynx).
Magdanatka / shutterstock
Domestic cats often travel hundreds of miles to their former homes – so why not an escaped lynx?
School of thought.
Understanding this will boost conservation efforts.
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There's a genetic side to animal welfare.
Say hello: The banded mongoose research group.
Jason Gilchrist: www.jasongilchrist.co.uk/research
New study reveals competition can trigger mass evictions in even the most cooperative of animal social groups.
The Spangled Drongo is a frequent mimic.
Australian birds are arguably among the smartest in the world, displaying complex behaviours comparable to those observed in great apes.
The answer lies in the history we share with our canine companions.
Elephants form bonds from a very young age.
Older matriarchs lead elephant society. But they're also the primary targets of ivory poachers. When these socially critical individuals are killed, what happens to the rest of the group?
No, I said I love YOU more.
Humans as well as zebra finches go through hurdles to find their perfect partner – and this may better ensure the survival of any offspring.
Zebras on the run can razzle-dazzle their enemies.
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Why does the zebra have stripes? Researchers are investigating whether it is to confuse predators when they're on the move.
Different clicking sounds can't be explained by genetics or different environments – the whales are learning from their relatives.
Dogs being dominant (left) and submissive (right).
Joanne van der Borg
Researchers have homed in on a number of behaviours that are associated with dominance and submission amongst groups of dogs.
A juvenile male black-throated mango hummingbird (
Anthracothorax nigricollis) extending his tongue after drinking nectar.
By filming these ultra-speedy feeders at transparent fake flowers, researchers finally figured out how hummingbirds slurp up the nectar so fast.
Nah I’m staying here, have already walked 20 metres today.
It's official: giant pandas are cool.
A hungry assassin bug father munches on one of his babies.
Why human fathers are worth celebrating.