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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.

April 23, 2015


golden-winged warbler

Storm Birds  

Birds use infrasounds to sense storms long before dark clouds gather.

April 2, 2015



One-Way Breathing: Not Just For Birds Anymore

Birds and many reptiles evolved a specialized way of breathing—one-way air flow.

March 19, 2015


scrub jay transporting a peanut in its beak

It Takes One to Know One

Birds of a feather steal together (and suspiciously hide food from one another).

March 12, 2015


smiling mom and baby

Babies and Birds

In addition to hearing your voice, babies also rely on non-verbal communication to learn how to talk.

February 19, 2015


cardinal on tree twig

Winter Birds & Climate Change

Birds' flight patterns are expanding due to climate change, which could upset fragile ecosystems.

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