Anyone who’s heard the “duh-duh-duh-DUH” of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 will recognize the mockingbird’s pitch morphing technique. PHOTOGRAPH: KEVIN ELSBY/ALAMY The birds aren’t producing sounds at random. Some of their strategies are surprisingly similar to ones used by humans. WHAT DO THE remarkably complex songs of the mockingbird have in common […]

Migratory birds such as European robins can sense the Earth’s magnetic field. Now researchers show for the first time that a molecule from their visual apparatus is sensitive to magnetic field. Credit: Corinna Langebrake and Ilia Solov’yov Humans perceive the world around them with five senses — vision, hearing, taste, […]

Some of the birds collected at Chicago’s McCormick Place that are in the Field Museum collections, including an eastern meadowlark (far left) and an indigo bunting (far right). Credit: (c) Field Museum, Karen Bean When a University of Michigan-led research team reported last year that North American migratory birds have […]

Data from 120,000 birdwatchers in 48 countries shows forest birds have expanded their range while area occupied by farmland birds has shrunk. PHOTOGRAPH: KRZYSZTOF BARANOWSKI/GETTY IMAGES THIS STORY ORIGINALLY appeared in The Guardian and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Europe’s breeding bird populations have shifted on average 1 kilometer north every year for […]