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March 27, 2017

 

Two burrowing owls. They're sitting on the ground. One is looking to the right. The owl on the right is looking directly into the camera.

Wise Owls

On this A Moment of Science, we discuss some of the burrowing owl's wisest moves.

March 24, 2017

 

a up-close shot of a rose-ring parakeet's head

Speaking with Tongues

In 2004, a team of scientists from Indiana University, proved how necessary a parrot's tongue was in its ability to talk like humans.

December 21, 2016

 

Sunbathing crow in grass

Basking Birds

Why do birds sunbathe? To maintain their feathers.

November 24, 2016

 

Fully Spread Peacock

Runaway Tail!

One common misconception people have regarding evolution is that the gradual changing of physical forms always benefits the species in question.

November 18, 2016

 

Two large crows stand near each other while on an outdoor table.

Size Does Not Equal Intelligence

It's not just the size of a brain that determines intelligence, it's also the amount of neurons.

October 18, 2016

 

A bird-of-paradise. Mostly black, but near its neck it is iridescent: red, yellow, green, blue.

Why Birds of a Feather Are What They Eat

Why do some species of birds-of-paradise have such eye-catching plumage?

September 28, 2016

 

A flock of starlings fly close to the camera. The sun sets in the right lower corner of the image.

Story Problems For The Birds

If you load a plane that can hold up to 2,000 pounds with more than 2,000 pounds of birds, will it still be able to take off?

August 26, 2016

 

Black-Bellied Flycatcher

When To Copy Your Neighbors

Hint: only when they're successful.

August 5, 2016

 

A Goose looking down in the grass showing his teeth

Bird Teeth

Do birds have teeth? Not anymore, but they once did, when they were more similar to dinosaurs.

November 11, 2015

 

birds migrating

Digestion and Migration

During migration, birds' digestive system partially shuts down to conserve energy for flight.

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