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Small Birds Listen to Vocal Cues to Avoid Predators

Small Birds Listen to Vocal Cues to Avoid Predators

Setting up above ground boom-boxes mounted in camouflaged boxes powered by car batteries and programmed for four months to broadcast predator sounds according to a schedule that simulated when and how predators would normally call. Such broadcasting was to create the perception for forest birds that there was increased abundance of predators in the forest,...
New Varieties of Migratory Birds  Spotted

New Varieties of Migratory Birds Spotted

Some new varieties of migratory birds have been spotted by the Bird watchers and enthusiasts owing to the change in climatic conditions. These new migratory birds were located in Kannur (India) recently. “Some of the birds visit places like Munderikkadavu and Kadalundi because here the wetlands have not dried up completely despite low rainfall in...
16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

16th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

StrayFeathers/[Press Release/CARMEL, Ind./ February 15 through February 18, 2013 marks the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Studies Canada and the National Audubon Society. Wild Birds Unlimited, a North American backyard bird feeding and nature specialty store, as well as a sponsor for the...
Birds Protection Crucial For Ecological Care

Birds Protection Crucial For Ecological Care

Ecological balance can only be ensured by protecting birds dying from hunters and poison reservoirs is undoubtedly a crucial part of ecological care, says an article from The Beijing News. Excerpts: Various endangered species of the birds like the Oriental white storks are listed as first-grade State protected animals in China. These are regarded as...
Hurricane Sandy Swept Lapwings To America

Hurricane Sandy Swept Lapwings To America

Hurricane Sandy swept some European birds to southeastern Massachusetts, where folks have lined up to catch a glimpse as they alight in Middleboro, Bridgewater, Halifax and on Cape Cod. The superstorm blew the Northern Lapwings, common birds in Europe, across the Atlantic Ocean. “It’s a rarity,” said Kathleen Anderson, an expert on birds. “They were...
Wandering Albatross Gain Speed With Climate Change

Wandering Albatross Gain Speed With Climate Change

Researchers in France have identified a creature they say is benefiting from the effects of climate change: the wandering albatross of the Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica. Wind speeds over the Southern Ocean have been increasing over the past three decades and those stronger winds are boosting birds in the area to faster flying speeds,...
Bird Feathers Analysis Leads To Measure Stress Among Birds

Bird Feathers Analysis Leads To Measure Stress Among Birds

When faced with environmental threats like bad weather, predators or oil spills, wild birds secrete a hormone called corticosterone. Traditionally, researchers have analyzed blood samples to detect corticosterone levels in wild birds. But recently, scientists have shown that corticosterone spikes can also be detected by analyzing bird feathers. A Tufts University study published in the...
Magpies Recognize Individual Humans

Magpies Recognize Individual Humans

Recent research that some birds can recognise  individual humans has been further confirmed by simple experiments on Magpies in  South Korea. Scientists from Seoul National University were  performing an annual breeding survey of Magpies around the college campus, when  they noticed that the birds seemed to mob and scold only the two members of the ...
Gurney's Pitta Closer to Extinction

Gurney’s Pitta Closer to Extinction

Despite its relatively recent rediscovery in Thailand, Gurney’s Pitta is drawing ever closer to real extinction. The refinding of Gurney’s Pitta 25 years ago yesterday (June 14) brought hope for a beautiful bird feared extinct for over three decades. But the bird’s future still hangs in the balance, as destruction of lowland forest has reduced...
How to track a Tree Sparrow

How to track a Tree Sparrow

Londoners are being asked to help support a unique new partnership project to track Tree Sparrows, launched in the capital this week. Distinctive red plastic rings have been fitted to the legs of nearly 400 Tree Sparrow chicks hatched so far this year, by the 80 pairs on a single site in south London. Beddington...
Bird Life in Kenya

Bird Life in Kenya

As a result of nomination by the Kenyan Government, the Kenya lake system in the Great Rift Valley has been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The BirdLife International Africa Secretariat, and other stakeholders including Nature Kenya (BirdLife in Kenya), the National Museums of Kenya and the Kenya Wildlife Service worked on a report of...
Seabirds Forage Much Further

Seabirds Forage Much Further

Initial findings of a ground-breaking project that tracks Scotland’s seabirds using technology akin to car ‘sat-navs’, has revealed that seabirds are foraging much further afield than scientists had thought. The Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment (FAME) project tracks Common Guillemot, Kittiwake and other seabird species in an attempt to identify crucial marine feeding locations....