Testing whether the birds react to sleight of hand helps us understand if they see the world like we do.
Eating bird food was also linked to a nearly four-fold increase in their breeding densities.
These hefty dinosaur birds stand as tall as humans, enough to dissuade most from getting too close. But how would they fare against each other in a fight? A wildlife expert places her bet.
We used drones to track the way terns forage around offshore energy structures.
We first encountered the letter in 2019, when a reader shared it with us. In it, Einstein discusses bees, birds and whether new physics principles could come from studying animal senses.
Nairobi harbours all the ingredients for zoonotic spillover to occur between animals and people, particularly in the most densely populated areas of the city.
When scientists first thought to deceive predators with bird smells, the idea seemed crazy. But after seeing how fake news messes with the minds of both humans and animals, it now makes sense.
An ecologist describes her field research and work on the impact of human activity on birds and their pathogens, which has taken her from Alaska to the Gulf of Guinea.
In northwest Mexico, biologists are building a network of radio towers to track how individual migratory birds move among important wetland areas.
Rather than constructing a nest, incubating eggs and feeding young, some birds deposit their eggs in the nests of other birds and trick them into doing the child rearing.
Researcher and photographer Claire Greenwell explains why people are the biggest threat to nesting shorebirds, and the simple ways you can help keep them safe next time you're at the beach.
Plague-wary Londoners tolerated mischievous red kites and ravens for their services to the city's sanitation.
Some birds may effectively possess an in-built, global GPS system.
COVID-19 kept many scientists from doing field research in 2020, which means that important records will have data gaps. But volunteers are helping to plug some of those holes.
Cities are danger zones for migrating birds, but there are ways to help feathered visitors pass through more safely
Finches have evolved to feed off blood from red-footed and Nazca boobies – and we've seen it first-hand.
For the past 50 years, international animal cognition research has focused on how tool use is related to animal intelligence. But new research casts doubt on long-held assumptions.
Birds use body odour to smell out potential mates, and partners who are genetically unrelated to them smell more attractive.
Your local ducks (and other wild birds) will thank you.
Three scientists describe the fieldwork they've had to delay in 2020 because of the pandemic. These are setbacks not just for their careers, but for the body of scientific knowledge.