Birds

Find out everything there is to know about birds and stay updated on the latest bird research with the comprehensive articles, interactive features and bird pictures at LiveScience.com Learn more about these fascinating creatures as scientists continue to make amazing discoveries about birds.
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Gender-Bending Bird Breaks Migration Record
A red-necked phalarope, gender-bending
January 10th, 2014
A bird known for its gender-bending ways has yet again surprised researchers by breaking Europe's bird migration record.
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The Wind Energy Threat to Birds Is Overblown (Op-Ed)
wind turbines
December 3rd, 2013
Despite the bad press, wind turbines are less of a threat to birds than traditional energy production and distribution.
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Go West, Young Raven: Clever Birds Use Power Lines to Spread to New Territory
Raven percing on a post facing the camera.
January 10th, 2014
Raven populations have shot up 300 percent in the last 40 years in the American West, and a new study suggests power poles and other human structures are to blame.
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Riddle of Early Bird Migration Cracked
A flock of black-winged godwits migrating
November 14th, 2013
Individual birds haven't changed their migration schedules in response to climate change. Instead, the results of a 14-year-long study of a migratory shore bird species suggested that early-born birds get more worms and can migrate sooner.
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Doing Maths on the Fly, Birds Form V for Efficiency (Op-Ed)
Birds flying in v-formation
January 15th, 2014
Across the globe, hundreds of species of birds can be seen flying in V-formations. We have long suspected that these formation might help birds fly with less effort. Yet the precise mechanics have remained unknown – until now.
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How Birds Cooperate to Defeat Cuckoos
cuckoo birds, caring for young
December 19th, 2013
We thought it might have something to do with defending their nests against brood parasitism, a behaviour where other birds to raise your babies.
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Long Before Birds, Dinosaur Brains Wired for Flight
Dinosaur Brain Scan
July 31st, 2013
Some nonavian dinosaurs, including carnivorous tyrannosaurs, may have had brains that were hardwired for flight long before even the earliest known birds started flapping their wings, a new study finds.
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