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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Earliest Evidence of Flower Pollination by Birds Unearthed
A 47-million-year-old skeleton of the extinct bird Pumiliornis tessellatus
May 27th, 2014
A new fossil of a bird with stomach full of pollen suggests bird pollination began as early as 47 million years ago, pushing back the onset of ornithophily, or bird pollination, by about 17 million years, researchers say.
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Ospreys Plague Maryland Traffic Cam
April 22nd, 2014
Thanks to a group of stubborn ospreys, a traffic cam watching over the flow of cars in Maryland has become an improvised wildlife cam.
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World's Largest Flying Bird Was Like Nothing Alive Today
Here, an illustration of what may be the largest flying bird, an extinct beast with a wingspan of 20 to 24 feet (6.1 to 7.3 meters) that flew the skies some 25 million to 28 million years ago.
July 7th, 2014
The largest flying bird known to ever have lived has now been revealed, an extinct giant with a wingspan more than twice as big as that of the largest living flying bird. The bird, researchers say, is like something out of a fantasy novel.
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Closest Living Relative of Ancient Elephant Bird Is Tiny
An adult brown kiwi ( Apteryx australis ) beside the egg of a huge elephant bird ( Aepyornis maximus ).
May 22nd, 2014
Ostriches and their flightless relatives like elephant birds are found across the globe not because continental drift forced them apart, but rather, the ancestors of these birds spread across the world through flight, and only later became flightless.
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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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Drastic Drop in Baby Brown Pelicans: Blame El Niño?
Baby brown pelican
June 4th, 2014
California brown pelicans almost completely failed to breed at their nesting sites in Mexico this year.
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Migrating Birds Could Inspire New Military Tech
European Robin
May 16th, 2014
In an effort to develop new sensor technologies for the U.S. military, researchers from DARPA's Quantum Effects in Biological Environments program recently conducted a study investigating how birds navigate using their internal magnetic compasses.
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