Similar to the cortex of mammals, the nerve cells in certain areas of the brain of birds are organized in vertical layers and horizontal columns. Credit: RUB, Biopsychlogy Some birds can perform amazing cognitive feats – even though their forebrains seem to just consist of lumps of grey cells, while […]

Bullock/Baltimore Oriole hybrid. Credit: Bryan Calk, Macaulay Library, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Baltimore and Bullock’s Orioles Are Not Merging A half-century of controversy over two popular bird species may have finally come to an end. In one corner: the Bullock’s Oriole, found in the western half of North America. In […]

Animation Princeton-led team trains wild hummingbirds to discriminate UV color combinations. To find food, dazzle mates, escape predators and navigate diverse terrain, birds rely on their excellent color vision. “Humans are color-blind compared to birds and many other animals,” said Mary Caswell Stoddard, an assistant professor in the Princeton University Department of Ecology […]

Willow tit (Poecile montanus) in flight in Kittilä, Finland. Poecile montanus: Dispersal ability has a prominent latitudinal gradient; species that live in temperate regions, like this Willow Tit, can on average fly farther than those that live in the tropics. Credit: Estormiz Bird wings adapted for long-distance flight are linked […]

Research from the University of Sheffield has revealed why some bird species take longer to develop than others Findings could help scientists predict how animals will adapt to climate breakdown and habitat destruction The study is the first to consider the importance of lifestyle, environment, evolutionary history, and body size […]