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Posts tagged birds

March 9, 2018

 

From the source: Dwarf mistletoe growing on a coastal lodgepole pine tree

Dwarf Mistletoe

Dwarf mistletoe is one of the most destructive parasites in North American forests.

June 27, 2017

 

Scientists were somewhat surprised to find that birds in harsh and unpredictable climates had the largest brains.

Surviving Climate Change

What attribute do birds need to live in harsh, unpredictable climates?

March 27, 2017

 

Western burrowing owls are a protected species in the United States.

Wise Owls

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

March 24, 2017

 

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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

 

A crow sunbathing in Hyde Park in London

Basking Birds

Why do birds sunbathe? To maintain their feathers.

November 24, 2016

 

Peacocks are great examples of Fischer's Runaway Model which explains how over many generations, certain aspects like longer wings on birds is more attractive, yet less useful for actually flying.

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

 

Scientists have found that parrots and crows can make and use tools, solve problems, and even recognize themselves in mirrors.

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

 

Those species with the most elaborate plumage also have the most diverse and reliable diet: a variety of insects, and fruits rich in complex nutrients.

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

 

Think about lift and weight, the two opposing vertical forces involved in flight.

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.

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