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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Why Do Birds Sing the Same Song Over and Over?
Singing bird
April 26th, 2016
As springtime and summer emerge, so does the twittering of birds. But why do these birds sing the same song over and over?
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World's Oldest Wild Bird Just Became a Mom for the 40th Time
Wisdom the Albatross with her chick
February 12th, 2016
The world's oldest known wild bird just added a new chick to the family — her 40th one, experts say.
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Take a Gander: Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count Begins
Winter Snowy Owl
December 21st, 2015
If you've ever wanted to go birding, the Christmas Bird Count is the perfect time to get a look at some rare and local birds.
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Roaring & Soaring: New Exhibit Explores the Dinosaur-Bird Connection
amnh, dinosaurs among us, american museum of natural history
March 17th, 2016
The asteroid that slammed into Earth 65.5 million years ago killed most, but not all, of the dinosaurs. Those that survived were a feathered lot, and they're still around today, a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in New York reveals.
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Ancient Humans Ate Cantaloupe-Size Eggs from 500-Pound Birds
Flightless bird
January 29th, 2016
The burnt eggshell fragments of an ancient giant bird have helped scientists solve a 50,000-year-old whodunit in Australia.
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Got Calcium? Wild Parrots Use Tools During Snack Time
Greater Vasa Parrots
December 16th, 2015
The black-feathered greater vasa parrot has a new skill to add to its resume — the use of tools to grind shells to create calcium powder, which it then proceeds to lick up with its pink tongue, a new study finds.
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Tiny Bird Fossil Solves Big Mystery About Life After Dinosaurs
ancient bird fossil
October 29th, 2015
A teeny-tiny fossilized bird skeleton is helping researchers understand the explosive rate at which birds diversified after the dinosaur age, new research shows.
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How Cuckoos Lay Deceptive Blue Eggs: It's in Their Genes
Cuckoo Chick in Nest
February 23rd, 2016
Female cuckoos are brilliant masters of disguise — at least when it comes to laying their eggs.
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Dinosaur Tracks Reveal Odd Mating Dance
January 7th, 2016
Meat-eating theropod dinosaurs used fancy footwork to attract mates, new evidence suggests.
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As Habitat Vanishes, Migratory Birds Are in Free Fall (Op-Ed)
Far Eastern curlew
December 11th, 2015
Migratory birds are losing ground, literally, at every stage of their flights.
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