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Posts tagged birds

August 8, 2011

 

bird of prey about to strike

Fast Food Signs For Birds Of Prey

What if you're a bird of prey, looking down on miles of grassland or desert, trying to spot a meal that's only an inch or two long?

January 10, 2011

 

Red-wing blackbird perched on a branch

Why Birds Fell From The Sky Over New Years

News spread quickly about "birds falling from the sky." What happened to the birds?

December 8, 2010

 

eagle

Eagles Have Eyes That Produce A Telephoto Effect

Eagle's have very different vision compared to humans.

October 15, 2010

 

birds on the beach

Cognitive Maps And Bird Navigation

Humans use a process called "Constructing a cognitive map" to mentally visualize their surroundings. Do birds do this too?

April 14, 2010

 

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How Does A Cowbird Know It’s A Cowbird?

Cowbirds lay their eyes in the nests of other birds... so how do baby cowbirds know they are cowbirds?

January 19, 2010

 

A caterpillar dangling from a plant.

Blood Is Thicker Than Water

On this Moment of Science, we'll learn how the phrase "blood is thicker than water," applies to the natural world.

October 28, 2009

 

Toco toucan

Big Bill Chill

Scientists are learning how the Toco toucan uses its oversized bill to cool down.

September 18, 2009

 

White-crowned sparrow in tree

Bird Communication Through Song

Bird song is lovely to hear, a romantic addition to any landscape, but what exactly does it mean? We'll find out, on today's Moment of Science.

August 17, 2009

 

Dancing parrot at festival

Dancing Birds Get Funky With Rhythm

Want to improve your groove when it comes to the Funky Chicken or the Electric Slide? Maybe you could take a lesson from the birds.

July 15, 2009

 

Bald-headed vulture

Vultures May Be Bald, But They Keep It Cool

It's difficult to look at a vulture's conspicuous baldness without thinking of some crotchety old man having a bad day, but vultures are bald for a reason.

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