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.
Hugh McGregor/Arid Recovery
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.
New research shows that fairy-wrens become more cautious as they change colour.
Being blue is risky for superb fairy-wrens: males become more cautious when their plumage turns blue, and other wrens take advantage by using them as colourful decoys.
The birds commonly seen in urban backyards of Australia are increasingly introduced species like this house sparrow, sharing a birdbath with a native red-browed finch.
We all know how vital it is for our native bird species to thrive. But what if the only birds that visit your garden are introduced "pest" species? Many people feel these birds deserve some love too.
© Harriet Ibbett
Intensified rice production in Cambodia's dry season is wreaking havoc on local bird populations.
The potential to harm local birdlife is often used to oppose wind farm development. But research into how birds die shows wind farms should be the least of our concerns.
Wind turbines kill some birds, but their contribution to total bird deaths is extremely low, as three studies show.
Shown as bright orange and pink highlights under X-ray fluorescent light, birds incorporate metals like zinc and bromine into feathers as they grow.
Nature Scientific Reports
Ordinary grey bird feathers placed under X-ray fluorescence reveal beautiful patterns of elements like zinc, telling a story of feather growth and the environments the birds have experienced.
Hundreds of large old trees were removed when the Hume Highway was widened.
When the Hume Highway was widened, hundreds of nest boxes were installed to replace habitat for three threatened species. Four years of monitoring has concluded the program is entirely unsuccessful.
New research reveals how flamingos can stand – and even sleep – on one leg for so long.