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An artist’s reconstruction of what the giant bird Dromornis would look like. Genyornis would be similar but slightly smaller. Peter Trusler

A case of mistaken identity for Australia’s extinct big bird

Our entire knowledge of one of Australia's extinct ancient giant birds is flawed because experts have been looking at remnants of the wrong egg the whole time.
Kisses aren’t the only magic that happens under Australian mistletoe. Margaret Donald/Flickr

Mistletoe: the kiss of life for healthy forests

In many parts of the world, Christmas and mistletoe are inextricably intertwined. But in the natural world, mistletoe has long fascinated naturalists and scientists.
Geese are becoming a serious problem on golf courses in the Western Cape and need active management. Richard Gie

How to keep geese off golfing greens

Geese droppings on golf courses are a source of great irritation for golfers . They are now calling for the birds to be properly managed.
The Cape sugarbird is vulnerable to ailments, including obesity, that are linked to climate change and urbanisation. J Tinkler

Fast, cheap calories may make city birds fat and sick

Species facing the blitz of accelerating, human-driven change don’t always cope well. Birds are among the most visible windows into this world of vulnerability.

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