Russian Cuckoo Invasion Spells Trouble for Alaskan Birds

Russia dominates the news headlines about their alleged influence in the U.S. elections, and now a Russian Cuckoo invasion may spell trouble for Alaskan birds. A new study by the University of Illinois suggests that Common Cuckoos and Oriental Cuckoos in eastern...

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Wintering Yellow Warblers Choose Agriculture Over Forest

A new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications uncovers Yellow Warblers’ surprising habitat preferences in their winter home in Mexico and raises questions about what their use of agricultural habitat could mean for their future. Large areas of natural...

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Vogelkop Newest Addition to Bird-of-Paradise Species

Newly publicized audiovisuals confirm full species status for Vogelkop Superb Bird-of-Paradise, one of the dancing birds-of-paradise in New Guinea. The Vogelkop is found only in the island’s far-western Bird's Head, or Vogelkop, region. In a new paper published in the...

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Fast Dives Help Peregrine Falcons Maneuver to Catch Agile Prey

Detailed computer Simulations Reveal Why Falcons Dive at their Prey Using the Same Steering Laws as Human-made Missiles Computer simulations of peregrine falcon attacks show that the extreme speeds reached during dives from high altitudes enhance the raptors’ ability...

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New App Lets Birdwatchers Report Bird Nests to NestWatch

Spring is finally in the air, and that means its time for our feathered-friends are pairing up, building nests, and starting a family. And all of us birdwatchers are now citizen scientists observing bird nests. So if you find a nest of any species, share your...

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Avoid South-facing Locations When Putting Up Nest Boxes

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden found that nestlings pay a high price for regulating their body temperature: they grow less and recommend avoiding hot, south-facing locations and choosing a spot in the shade when putting up a nest box. Ten-day-old baby birds...

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New Maps Forecast Bird Migration Using Radar

Maps show sweep of bird migration in near real-time and predict mass movements of birds, days ahead. Weather radar stations across the continental United States may predict “April showers” for some—but for the first time, new maps are using radar to forecast...

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