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      December 2, 2020

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      Ancient Blanket Made With 11,500 Turkey Feathers

      New research sheds light on the production of an 800-year-old turkey feather blanket and explores the economic and cultural aspects of raising turkeys to supply feathers in the ancient ...

      Clean Air Act Saved 1.5 Billion birds

      US pollution regulations meant to protect humans from dirty air are also saving birds. So concludes a new continent-wide study. Study authors found that improved air quality under a federal program ...
      Like humans who can instantly tell which friend or relative is calling by the timbre of the person's voice, zebra finches have a near-human capacity for ...

      Small Finlets on Owl Feathers Point the Way to Less Aircraft Noise

      Researchers reveals how the microstructure of small finlets on owl feathers enable silent ...
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      Group Size and Makeup Affect How Social Birds Move Together

      Scientists have shown that the size and makeup of groups of social birds can predict how efficiently they use and move through their habitat, according to new ...

      Variety in the Migratory Behavior of Blackcaps

      Through a large-scale study with so-called geolocators, researchers were able to uncover some of the mysteries surrounding the phenomenon of the blackcap's bird ...

      Migration and Molt Affect How Birds Change Their Colors

      Before their big journey, many birds molt their bright feathers, replacing them with a more subdued palette. Watching this molt led scientists to wonder how feather color changes relate to the ...

      Species More Likely to Die out With Rapid Climate Changes

      The great tit and other birds can adapt to changes in their food supply as a result of climate change, but they run into trouble if the changes happen too ...

      Two Centuries of Monarch Butterflies Show Evolution of Wing Length

      North America's beloved Monarch butterflies are known for their annual, multi-generation migrations in which individual insects can fly for thousands of miles. But Monarchs have also settled in ...

      Multi-Drone System Autonomously Surveys Penguin Colonies

      A new multi-drone imaging system was put to the test in Antarctica. The task? Documenting a colony of roughly 1 million Adélie ...

      Giant Lizards Learnt to Fly Over Millions of Years

      Most detailed every study into how animals evolve to better suit their environments shows that pterosaurs become more efficient at flying over millions of years before going extinct with the ...

      Cracking the Secrets of Dinosaur Eggshells

      Since the famous discovery of dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert in the early 1920s, the fossilized remains have captured the imaginations of paleontologists and the public, alike. Although dinosaur ...

      Most Migratory Birds Rely on a Greening World

      A new study confirms that most birds -- but not all -- synchronize their migratory movements with seasonal changes in vegetation greenness. This is the first study of its kind to cover the Western ...

      Antarctica Yields Oldest Fossils of Giant Birds With 21-Foot Wingspans

      Some of the largest birds in history, called pelagornithids, arose a few million years after the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs and patrolled the oceans with giant wingspans for some ...

      Hidden Losses Deep in the Amazon Rainforest

      New research shows that animal patterns are changing in the absence of landscape change, which signals a sobering warning that simply preserving forests will not maintain rainforest ...

      DNA in Fringe-Lipped Bat Feces Reveals Unexpected Eating Habits

      By examining the guano of the fringe-lipped bat (Trachops cirrhosus), biologists encountered surprising results about its eating habits and foraging ...

      These Two Bird-Sized Dinosaurs Evolved the Ability to Glide, but Weren't Great at It

      Despite having bat-like wings, two small dinosaurs, Yi and Ambopteryx, struggled to fly, only managing to glide clumsily between the trees where they lived, researchers report. Unable to compete with ...

      Social Life as a Driving Factor of Birds' Generosity

      Taking a look at generosity within the crow family reveals parallels with human evolution. Working together to raise offspring and increased tolerance towards group members contribute to the ...

      Legacy Pollutants Found in Migratory Terns in Great Lakes Region

      Chemicals that haven't been manufactured in the U.S. for years or even decades are still turning up in the bodies of migratory terns in the Great Lakes region, a new study finds. The research ...

      Lily the Barn Owl Reveals How Birds Fly in Gusty Winds

      Scientists have discovered how birds are able to fly in gusty conditions - findings that could inform the development of bio-inspired small-scale ...

      Childlessness by Circumstance

      In birds and other species alike, pairs can face considerable difficulties with reproduction. Scientists have now shown in an extensive analysis of 23,000 zebra finch eggs that infertility is mainly ...

      Odors as Navigational Cues for Pigeons

      Volatile organic compounds identified that can be used for olfactory navigation by homing ...

      World's Greatest Mass Extinction Triggered Switch to Warm-Bloodedness

      Mammals and birds today are warm-blooded, and this is often taken as the reason for their great ...

      Beak Bone Reveals Pterosaur Like No Other

      A new species of small pterosaur - similar in size to a turkey - has been discovered, which is unlike any other pterosaur seen before due to its long slender toothless ...

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