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  1. Before humans made their way to New Zealand, the critically endangered flightless parrot known as the k?k?p? likely numbered in the hundreds of thousands. By 1995, their numbers had dwindled to just 51 birds, including 50 isolated on tiny Stewart Island and a single male, known as Richard Henry, all alone on the mainland. Today, those numbers have grown to about 200 individuals. Now, the first genome sequencing of the species offer some surprisingly good news: despite 10,000 years of island isolation and inbreeding, the k?k?p? appear to have lost potentially deleterious mutations rather than a
  2. Migrating birds choose routes with the best wind and uplift conditions, helping them to fly nonstop for hundreds of kilometers over the sea.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/MgaOfMvhvvk View the full article
  3. Bird species across the globe are suffering and dying from a type of malaria and, while these strains are not infectious to humans, they're spreading quickly through global transmission hotspots.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/hPvg2wD3_t8 View the full article
  4. In less time than it takes to read this sentence, hummingbirds can catch a whiff of potential trouble. That's the result of new research showing, contrary to popular belief, the tiny birds do have an active sense of smell.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/k0aNpmL5wpI View the full article
  5. A training technique that has been practiced by parrot owners for decades is now being applied to establishing new bird flocks in the wild. While many parrot owners clip their birds' wings to reduce their flight abilities, free-flight involves training an intact parrot to come when called, follow basic commands, recognize natural dangers, and otherwise safely fly in open areas.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/sCiT6Pg0E14 View the full article
  6. Bird dispersal movements are thought to depend on complex demographic and genetic factors. Researchers show that there may be a simpler explanation: bird dispersal distances depend on the morphology and flight efficiency of the wings. Bird populations and the capacity of species to move across the landscape can determine which species will thrive and which may become endangered.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/zfT3wpFzSNI View the full article
  7. Knowledge of the detailed accumulation profiles of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and POPs-like contaminants in wild animals is critical for ecological risk assessment. Comprehensive screening of organohalogen compounds in the livers of wild birds from Osaka, Japan using two-dimensional gas chromatography in combination with high resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC×GC--HRToFMS) revealed specific accumulation of typically unmonitored POPs-like compounds in raptors.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/Z2LM-BWiKV0 View the full article
  8. Using a novel modelling approach, new research reveals the location and intensity of key threats to biodiversity on land and identifies priority areas across the world to help inform conservation decision making at national and local levels.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/iHTBSZKecxA View the full article
  9. Much like in human society, female hummingbirds have taken it into their own hands to avoid harassment. By watching white-necked Jacobin hummingbirds in Panama, researchers discovered that over a quarter of females have the same brightly colored ornamentation as males, which helps them avoid aggressive male behaviors during feeding, such as pecking and body slamming.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/rw5ppT5V75Y View the full article
  10. A new study has revealed that over the last 20,000 to 50,000 years, birds have undergone a major extinction event, inflicted chiefly by humans, which caused the disappearance of about 10 to 20 percent of all avian species. According to the researchers, the vast majority of the extinct species shared several features: they were large, they lived on islands, and many of them were flightless.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/n3ClCEOXiwI View the full article
  11. As the world's nations prepare to set new goals for protecting biodiversity, researchers have identified where data gaps continue to limit effective conservation decisions.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/J3eqSajMHZQ View the full article
  12. A new study shows the eye size of birds can reveal broad patterns of their biology and behavior, including where they live, what they eat and how they hunt, providing a potential roadmap for future conservation efforts.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/Q-WZa3LFr2c View the full article
  13. A team of researchers has recently discovered that fear plays an important, unrecognized role in the underdevelopment, and increased vulnerability, of backyard songbirds.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/kVc7u6OCDQE View the full article
  14. A new study has identified the inconsistent response of wildlife to harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes region from higher stress levels to weaker immune systems.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/vV7AFULhNzU View the full article
  15. The introduction of invasive species leads to a decline in certain native species: a team of researchers has managed to show that 11% of the global phylogenetic diversity of birds and mammals, in other words their accumulated evolutionary history, is threatened by biological invasions. Their ability to adapt to environmental changes could thus be largely lost due to biological invasions.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/dcHbd7TGA3U View the full article
  16. Newly-hatched pterosaurs may have been able to fly but their flying abilities may have been different from adult pterosaurs, according to a new study. Researchers found that hatchling humerus bones were stronger than those of many adult pterosaurs, indicating that they would have been strong enough for flight.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/C599QbfLHH0 View the full article
  17. New findings from zoologists working with birds in Southeast Asia are shining fresh light on the connections between animal behaviour, geology, and evolution - underlining that species can diversify surprisingly quickly under certain conditions. Sulawesi Babblers (Pellorneum celebense), shy birds that live in the undergrowth on Indonesian islands, have begun to diverge quite significantly despite being separated geographically for mere tens of thousands of years.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/btuMg5eiPDE View the full article
  18. A new early detection surveillance system for wildlife helps identify unusual patterns of illness and death in near real-time by tapping into data from wildlife rehabilitation organizations across California, explains a new study.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/ZtJtX5a2hZQ View the full article
  19. Breakthrough article reveals multiple mechanisms for wing transparency in butterflies and moths; shows that wing transparency has evolved multiple times in lepidopterans.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/Hb4c8MR8sY8 View the full article
  20. The sharp eyes of an eagle, the extraordinary hearing of an owl - to successfully find food, the eyes and ears of birds have adapted optimally to their living conditions. Until now, the sense of smell has played a rather subordinate role. When meadows are freshly mowed, storks often appear there to search for snails and frogs. Researchers have now studied the birds' behavior and discovered that the storks are attracted by the smell of the mown grass. Only storks that were downwind and could thus perceive the smell reacted to the mowing. The scientists also sprayed a meadow with a spray of gree
  21. Ecologists have applied stable isotope techniques to determine whether birds in the pet trade are captive or wild-caught, a key piece of evidence required in many cases to determine whether a trade is legal or not. They have applied this technique to the yellow-crested cockatoo, a critically endangered species from Indonesia/Timor-Leste with a global population of fewer than 2,500.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/y6gs-blz0jQ View the full article
  22. The Arctic is warming at approximately twice the global rate. A new study finds that cold-adapted Arctic species, like the thick-billed murre, are especially vulnerable to heat stress caused by climate change.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/SlWxnZVhoIo View the full article
  23. Neuroscientists have demonstrated in new research that dopamine plays a key role in how songbirds learn complex new sounds.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/9hhfRA1rbiw View the full article
  24. Following habitat-destroying wildfires, researchers found many male red-backed fairywrens failed to molt into their ornamental plumage, making them less attractive to potential mates. They also had lowered circulating testosterone, which has been associated with their showy feathers. The birds' fat stores and stress hormone corticosterone remained at normal levels. While the findings are specific to this songbird, they may have implications for other species that don special coloration for mating.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/s4J3Uc9vLtU View the full arti
  25. Researchers provide a first look at the probability of observing common birds as air pollution worsens during wildfire seasons. They found that smoke affected the ability to detect more than a third of the bird species studied in Washington state over a four-year period. Sometimes smoke made it harder to observe birds, while other species were actually easier to detect when smoke was present.http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciencedaily/plants_animals/birds/~4/JNn36U8RVBc View the full article
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