Thousands of rare seabirds died in the extreme winter weather, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) who fear the storms were caused by climate change. The charity’s experts blame the “deaths on a scale unprecedented in living memory” on a combination of sea warming and winter storms.
A unique family of birds containing just one species has been discovered by researchers. Scientists investigating families within the Passerida group of perching birds identified 10 separate branches in their tree of life. The analysis also revealed that the spotted wren-babbler sat on its own branch and was not related to either wrens or wren-babblers. … Continue reading
The research, conducted by an international team including researchers from the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University, found that female song was present in the ancestors of all songbirds and today remains in 71% of the songbird species surveyed.
India, a country known for its rich flora and fauna, emerges as a nation that houses largest number of bird species in the world, as per the preliminary findings of a recent global event—Great Backyard Bird Count. With 765 species, India tops among the list of 127 countries that sent their entries through pictures and … Continue reading
Latest scientific studies suggest that outdoor cats – both domestic and feral – kill more than 1 billion birds each year. A single domestic cat typically kills between one and 34 birds each year; one feral cat kills an estimated 23 to 46 birds annually. An invention called the “catio” can help prevent some of … Continue reading
Today sees the launch of the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science – and one of the most exciting areas of research the centre will be involved in is tracking birds and other animals as they migrate, forage and breed. Last June, at the edge of a small loch on the island of Fetlar in Shetland, … Continue reading
The key characteristics of birds which allow them to fly – their wings and their small size – arose much earlier than previously thought, according to new research from the Universities of Bristol and Sheffield into the Paraves, the first birds and their closest dinosaurian relatives which lived 160 to 120 million years ago.
The widespread loss of forest to sugarcane fields on the island of Mauritius has forced kestrels living there to survive by speeding up their life histories, according to a report published online on February 20 in the Cell Press journal Current Biology. By getting an earlier start, the birds are managing to have just as … Continue reading
Many tropical mountain birds are shifting their ranges upslope to escape warming temperatures, but tropical species appear to be more sensitive to climate shifts than species from temperate regions, report Cornell Lab of Ornithology researchers Feb. 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.