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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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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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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Bird Migrants Offer a Glimpse of the Planet's Health
Andean condor
June 2nd, 2015
Bird migration is at its peak — catch a glimpse as they pass through, a sign of the health of our planet.
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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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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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Modern Birds Took Flight 95 Million Years Ago
sea birds
December 11th, 2015
Modern birds — from the soaring eagle to the tiny hummingbird — share a common ancestor that lived about 95 million years ago in South America, a new study finds.
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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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