These tiny songbirds have extraordinary memories for the tens of thousands of spots where they hide food. But that doesn’t help when heavy snow blocks their access.
False alarms are common in prey animals, but what causes them and how can they be avoided?
Birdsong plays a vital social role in the lives of these gregarious finches.
Birds species vary greatly in the way they handle heat – an important finding for predicting vulnerability to global warming.
The pet trade threatens to decimate some species – and dull nature’s colour palette.
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.
Migrating birds use both their view of the stars and their internal magnetic compasses to find their way over thousands of miles.
Research suggests our names for birds reflect our changing relationship with the natural world: here’s why that matters
In healthy populations, the song of regent honeyeaters is complex and long. But where the population is very small, the song is sadly diminished.
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.
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.
Climate change is affecting our planet’s biodiversity, yet some species can find ways to adapt. Using citizen-science data, a French research team is studying how birds adjust to local heat levels.
The Canadian Prairies are vanishing more quickly than the Amazon rainforest as they are converted for agriculture and industrial uses.
The New Zealand robin has learnt to hide left-over food for later consumption, and it turns out that male birds with the best spatial memory have the greatest breeding success.
Could mating preferences, like females preferring males who sing complex songs, affect the evolution of learning? Insights from birds could have clues for how people learn throughout their lives.
Why some individuals age faster than others is a mystery, but new research suggests help with childcare is significant.
A collection of millions of bird sightings has identified the best places to invest in conservation.
The mouse who tidied the shed he lives in fascinated human viewers, but cleanliness isn’t a virtue unique to humans.
Biologists investigated whether birds that search for multiple mates would evolve ever more elaborate songs to attract them. What they found might have surprised Darwin.
One gram of songbird meat is estimated to sell for the equivalent of one gram of marijuana.