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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In Images: Wacky Animals That Lived on Mauritius
animals, mauritius, birds, ecology
May 7th, 2015
The dodo bird likely had some company on the Mauritius Island, say researchers who found writings about bad-tempered parrots and warty pigeons, among other descriptions of island life in the 16th and 17th centuries.
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Tiny Songbird Is a Champion Long-Distance Flier
blackpoll warbler
March 31st, 2015
The blackpoll warbler migrates more than 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) in two or three days, a new tracking study confirms.
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Parrot Pecking Order Hints at Humans' Social Lives
Elizabeth Hobson catches a parakeet i
January 27th, 2015
Researchers uses quantitative methods to understand how and why species such as parrots develop complex social societies and how those social relationships compare to other animals.
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Stunning Songbirds Return for Spring (Photos)
Blue Jay, climate change, spring
April 23rd, 2015
For many of us, spring has arrived when the songbirds return.
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Why Birds Don't Have Teeth
bald eagle beak
December 12th, 2014
Birds — like anteaters, baleen whales and turtles — don't have teeth. But this wasn't always the case. The common ancestor of all living birds sported a set of pearly whites 116 million years ago, a new study finds.
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Birds of a Feather: Whooping Cranes Need Parents More Like Them
Whooping cranes following aircraft
October 6th, 2014
Whooping cranes raised by humans are turning out to be bad parents, and scientists are testing a new method to boost the birds' numbers in the wild.
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Songbirds Emerge for Spring, But Is the Timing Off? (Essay)
Gray catbirds, global warming, climate change
April 23rd, 2015
Spring is here, but subtle shifts in timing are having not-so-subtle impacts on wildlife.
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Birds' Foldable Wings Could Inspire Nimble Drones
Bird-Inspired Robotic Wings
March 26th, 2015
A drone that mimics the way birds fold and flap their wings could improve the design of future unmanned autonomous vehicles, and could even help the machines withstand midair collisions.
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