Carolina parakeet extinction was driven by human causes, DNA sequencing reveals
The lack of signals of population decline found on its genome points to a human-mediated, abrupt extinction.
12 Dec 2019 ⋅ Current Biology
When penguins ruled after dinosaurs died
Chatham Island provides missing link in evolution.
10 Dec 2019 ⋅ Palaeontologia Electronica
Changing wildfires in the California’s Sierra Nevada may threaten northern goshawks
New study in Biological Conservation shows majority of the species' foraging and roosting habitat is at high risk of severe wildfire.
5 Dec 2019 ⋅ Biological Conservation
National Park Service scientists: Does aircraft noise make birds more vocal?
Human-generated noise can have an effect on birds, even when there's no direct threat.
4 Dec 2019 ⋅ 178th Meeting Acoustical Society of America
Migratory birds shrinking as climate warms, new analysis of four-decade record shows
North American migratory birds have been getting smaller over the past four decades, and their wings have gotten a bit longer. Both changes appear to be responses to a warming climate.
4 Dec 2019 ⋅ Ecology Letters
Researchers study chickens, ostriches, penguins to learn how flight feathers evolved
The flight feather is made of two highly adaptable architectural modules: the central shaft, or rachis, and the peripheral vane.
27 Nov 2019 ⋅ Cell
Drag can lift birds to new heights, Stanford researchers find
Future aerial design may owe a nod of thanks to five parrotlets flapping around in an instrumented flight chamber at Stanford University.
25 Nov 2019 ⋅ Nature Communications
A decade after the predators have gone, Galapagos Island finches are still being spooked
The study found that the finches' fearful responses - known as antipredator behaviour - were sustained through multiple generations after the threat was gone, which could have detrimental consequences for their survival.
20 Nov 2019 ⋅ Journal of Animal Ecology
The little duck that could
Study finds endangered Hawaiian duck endures.
18 Nov 2019 ⋅ Molecular Ecology
Jackdaw mobs flip from chaos to order as they grow
Chaotic mobs of jackdaws suddenly get organised once enough birds join in, new research shows.
15 Nov 2019 ⋅ Nature Communications