Cute Field Guide Helps You Remember Bird Calls with Beer, Cheeseburgers

We're pretty infatuated with this brand new print from nature cartoonist Rosemary Mosco, creator of Bird and Moon comics. The premise is simple: Assign each a bird a catch phrase that sounds similar to the sound it makes in the wild. By remembering the catch phrase, you can better identify the sound – and the bird that … » 3/23/14 8:30am 3/23/14 8:30am

Here's a chicken wearing a prosthetic tail to walk like a dinosaur

You already know about the evolutionary areas of overlap between dinosaurs and modern-day birds. Now one group of researchers is using those similarities for science, by attaching a prosthetic tail to a chicken to study how dinosaurs might have walked. » 2/06/14 11:09am 2/06/14 11:09am

Mesmerizing videos show the individual trails of birds in flight

The group behaviors of birds are fascinating to watch, from the swooping arcs of swallows to the incredible murmurations of starlings. These extruded time videos give a bit more form to those movements, tracing the paths of different birds through the sky. » 1/20/14 2:40pm 1/20/14 2:40pm

Birds offer insight into the evolution of extended families

Humans often rear their children with help from family and friends. But why would such a strategy evolve? What could we possibly get out of rearing somebody else's child? Now, scientists believe that they've unraveled this mystery — at least when it comes to birds. In some species, birds temporarily forgo having chicks … » 12/20/13 3:12pm 12/20/13 3:12pm

You Won't Believe These Patterns Created by Flocks of Birds in Flight

When birds travel in flocks, their behavior takes on emergent properties. Out of the chaos of flight, gorgeous, geometric patterns coalesce. When photographers capture these patterns at exactly the right time, it's like seeing mathematical abstractions written across the sky. Here are some of the most stunning images … » 11/22/13 3:25pm 11/22/13 3:25pm

What's it like to soar through the Chamonix Valley on an eagle's back?

We're so glad you asked. This video – shot by an eagle with a camera mounted on its back – gives us a spellbinding look at what it's like to wheel gracefully over the Mer de Glace in Chamonix, France. Good grief, talk about a stunning view. » 9/18/13 12:20pm 9/18/13 12:20pm