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Crows and ravens flexed smarts and strength for world dominance
As corvids flew all over the planet and settled in new environments, they evolved unique skills that gave them an edge in survival.
Thanks to a matriarchal gene, this bird can trick others into caring for its eggs
The cuckoo finch has mastered the art of egg mimicry
When female finches fail to find mates, they dump their eggs and move on
Female zebra finches are picky in their mates, and have found a clever way to reproduce if they don't find someone.
Whose hoot? DNA and sound studies help define two new owl species in Brazil.
High levels of biodiversity in Brazil could be lost to unchecked deforestation.
Few people knew female birds had unique songs—until women started studying them
A rise in studies on female bird behavior shows how gender equity can spark change in research.
Bird names are due for an anti-racist reckoning
The McCown’s longspur has sparked debate over the troubling histories reflected in some species' names.
White-throated sparrows are ditching their classic song for a new tune
The birds are abandoning their old song with unprecedented speed.
We’ve lost almost 3 billion birds in the U.S. and Canada since 1970
Scientists say it’s time to act to protect avian species
Penguins may have islands to thank for their diverse looks
The birds are an eclectic bunch, and a new study explains why.
French Researchers Bother Birds With Drones, For Science
Ecologists study how wildlife-studying drones affect the creatures