The common eider nests in colonies on islands of the St. Lawrence estuary. The down that the female duck takes to fill her nest has exceptional insulating properties.
Cooperating with honeyguides has been found to increase food security. It facilitates cultural traditions and enables income or trade.
Noise created by the oil industry impacts songbirds. Research found that constant noises, like those produced by oil wells, are less disruptive than the shorter bursts of noise produced by drilling.
Exposure to hot and dry conditions can damage the DNA of nestling birds in their first few days of life – meaning they age earlier and produce less offspring.
Without successful breeding, the hornbill population will not survive, and will quickly become locally extinct.
Want to understand your local environment better? Look to the birds.
Somehow, female birds manage to hold their families together despite predators, harsh conditions and sometimes, a less-than-attentive partner.
Tourism revenues account for almost 10% of Costa Rica’s gross domestic product. New research shows that charismatic wildlife is necessary but not sufficient to attract ecotourists.
Birds are master navigators, negotiating journeys of thousands miles each year.
Growing native grasses as cattle forage is an example of working lands conservation – balancing human use of the land with conservation goals.
A new study shows that when free-ranging cats are more than a few blocks from forested areas in cities, such as parks, they’re more likely to prey on rats than on native wildlife.
We compared 4,500 species of songbird to finally confirm what Darwin suspected.
Many animals have evolved very entertaining – if not impolite – strategies for evolutionary success.
These coordinated movements of a flock of starlings follow no plan or leader. Scientists used to think the animals must communicate via ESP to create these fast-moving blobs.
Birds will shriek and dive at each other over food, territory or mates, but only a small number of species sport actual weapons. The reason: Flying matters more for their survival than fighting.
There are no more ivory-billed woodpeckers or Bachman’s Warblers on Earth, but they’ve left an echo behind.
It was the first time a bird has removed a tracking device, and the second time a bird species showed cooperative ‘rescue’ behaviour.
These are poignant cries of a disappearing landscape – the creaking calls of gang-gangs, buzzing bowerbirds and the mournful cry of the far eastern curlew.
New research finds the last 250 years has seen more than 100 million hectares of bird habitat destroyed on mainland Australia – that’s 15% of Australia’s landmass.
It may not be extinct, but our research suggests the buff-breasted button-quail may only be hanging on by a thread, at best.