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Posts tagged birds

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.

March 10, 2009

 

Perched colorful scarlet lorikeet

Why Birds of a Feather Are What They Eat

Many bird-of-paradise species have evolved colorful plumage - a result of special eating habits and behaviors.

February 19, 2009

 

Sunbathing crow in grass

Basking Birds

Over one hundred and seventy different species of bird have been observed sun-bathing.

December 24, 2008

 

Flamingos standing on one leg

Cold Feet and Hot Wings

Most birds you see standing on only one leg are doing an impressive balancing act while tucking the second leg into their feathers. Why do they do that?

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