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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Animal Sex: How Flamingos Do It
A pair of bright pink flamingos.
November 7th, 2014
Flaming sex involves make-up, elaborate group dances and seasonal monogamy.
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No Single Missing Link Between Birds and Dinosaurs, Study Finds
modern birds and dinosaur
September 25th, 2014
Birds didn't evolve in one fell swoop from their dinosaur ancestors, suggests a newly constructed dinosaur family tree showing our feathery friends evolved very gradually, at first.
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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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Swallows Of The Western Skies
tree swallows perch in fields around Ithaca, New York
September 5th, 2014
An international team of researchers studies one slim bird to answer some big biological questions.
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Feed the Birds? Not Popcorn and Crumbled Bread (Op-Ed)
July 26th, 2014
Feed the birds — but not bread, crackers and junk food.
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Shorebirds Adopt Baby Duckling, Cuteness Ensues
Adopted baby duckling
August 1st, 2014
A family of long-legged shorebirds adopted a fuzzy baby duckling in California's San Francisco Bay.
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What Tiny Drones Can Learn from Hummingbirds
Hummingbird takes flight.
July 30th, 2014
Improving the design of the world's tiniest drones could start with taking a closer look at one of nature's smallest and most efficient flyers, the hummingbird.
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