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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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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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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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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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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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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