Some birds may effectively possess an in-built, global GPS system.
Geese fly day or night, depending on when conditions are best.
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Geese honk loudly and point their bills toward the sky when they’re ready to start the migration. Here’s how they know it’s time, how they navigate and how they conserve energy on the grueling trip.
Black turbine blades seem to reduce bird collisions, but it’s important to know why.
A bar-tailed godwit.
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Researchers have discovered an alarming new threat to one of the most incredible wildlife migrations on Earth.
Migrating to Europe changed the immune systems of birds who no longer needed to worry about African diseases.
Like many migratory songbirds, tree swallows are experiencing population declines in parts of their breeding range.
Effective conservation of migratory songbirds requires an understanding of how populations are connected between seasons. The challenge is being able to track individuals throughout the entire year.
How responsible are migratory animals for spreading diseases?
Migratory animals are often blamed for the global spread of disease. However, recent research indicates they may not be the primary culprit.
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.
New research reveals how birds navigate their way over thousands of miles.
Early in the morning and late in the evening is when shorebirds escape disturbance on the beaches on which their survival depends.
We aren’t just jostling with each other for beach space. Scuttling, waddling, hopping or flying away from beachgoers all around Australia, wildlife struggles to survive the daily disturbances.
Red-billed Teal and Egyptian Geese were identified as the highest risk species for avian influenza transmission in southern Africa.
Southern Africa is further south than the ends of the migration routes of ducks from Europe to East and West Africa.
Movements of insectivorous species that migrate, like the cuckoo, may be influenced by the migration of prey insect groups.
Birds migrating to Africa are threatened by issues like habitat loss. Studying their movement patterns will show the challenges these species encounter on the continent.
The singing behaviour of migratory birds functions as a rehearsal period before the big show in Europe the following spring.
It is unusual for songbirds migrating from Europe to Africa to sing. A new hypothesis suggests an interesting reason for why such singing sometimes happens.
Following the leader has its benefits.
Across the globe, hundreds of species of birds can be seen flying in V-formations. We have long suspected that these formation might help birds fly with less effort. Yet the precise mechanics have remained…