Super-black feathers on these guys are like looking into a dark cave.
Male Birds of Paradise have patches of super-black plumage that absorb 99.95 percent of light. New research identified their feathers' microscopic structures that make them look so very dark.
You might dress like this once a year, but for eclectus parrots it’s a way of life.
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From mistletoebirds, to bush turkeys, to the festively plumaged eclectus parrot, Australian birds can more than hold their own when it comes to embracing the Christmas spirit.
Carefully tracking the migration habits of birds like the Barn Swallow can help to conserve these species.
If Europe is going to reap the benefits of conservation measures at home, its experts need an understanding of where “their” birds migrate to when they head off to Africa.
Crested pigeon in flight with the primary feathers spread and the narrow eighth primary is visible.
Crested pigeons make a rapid trilling sound when they take flight that can be used to warn others of danger. But what is it that makes the sound?
Brendan animation crop.
One animator combined his skills with paleontological evidence to breathe movement into a dinosaur fossil to eye-catching effect.
The fourth Aussie Backyard Bird Count, which has just finished, has some potentially worrying news about one of our best-loved species.
Without help, Tasmania’s swift parrots could be wiped out within three generations.
JJ Harrison/Wikimedia Commmons
Tasmania's swift parrots are in trouble. Scientists are aiming to help them by keeping them safe from predators, but without better habitat protection, the species may go extinct.
A pair of
Dromornis planei, an extinct mihirung bird from Australia, weighed a massive 300 kilograms.
Australia was once home to giant fightless birds - much bigger than today's emus and cassawories. But where did they come from, and where did they go?
On the prowl in the outback.
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For the first time, researchers have estimated the toll taken by feral and pet cats on Australia's bird life - and the numbers are high enough to push several species towards extinction.
Magpies playing together often link feet and lie on the ground.
Danielle, the Magpie Whisperer
Magpies have long memories, and human behaviour towards them largely determines how they respond
New research shows how dinosaurs suppressed their teeth and grew beaks, and then back-shifted this process from adult to embryo stage.
Keeping its distance.
It's not as dangerous as you might think.
Guam’s trees are struggling without the birds that spread their seeds.
Guam's trees are in trouble, thanks to the accidental release of a snake species 70 years ago, which has killed off many of the bird species that are vital for the health of the island's forests.
A quail chick hatching.
Have you ever heard chicks peeping in the egg? Have you ever wondered how they manage to take their first breath in the shell?
A new study, recently published in the journal Bird Conservation International, will help inform the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.
A team of researchers led by Edith Cowan University have surveyed the PNG island of New Britain to see how the bird population is faring. There's good news and bad news.
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.
The European goldfinch, with its wonderful coloration and melodic singing, is a favoured pet for people living in the western Maghreb. But continued poaching is putting the species in danger.
New research provides early evidence of general intelligence in animals.
These migratory pied imperial-pigeons in Far North Queensland, like many of Australia’s 22 species of native pigeons and doves, play an important role in our ecosystems but may be at risk from emerging viruses in domestic pigeons.
Two recently emerging viruses in domestic pigeons in Australia may pose a significant threat to Australia's 22 species of native pigeons and doves, many of which have crucial ecosystem roles.
The great auk by John James Audubon.
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Scientists turn detective to find out what happened to the last specimens of an extinct bird.