Scientists have recorded the longest non-stop migratory flight made by birds. By equipping blackpoll warblers with a GPS, researchers learned the diminutive 12 gram bird can cross the Atlantic — an average distance of 1,580 miles (2,540 km) — over just two to three days. This migration is "on the brink of impossibility » 4/01/15 2:05pm Today 2:05pm

Color Isn't Always About Sex, Study Finds

When it comes to birds, males—with their bright feathers, extra accessories, and impressive mating displays—tend to get all the attention. But for many birds, such as the Choco Toucan pictured above, brilliant plumage has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with survival. » 3/30/15 1:00am Monday 1:00am

Regal Yet Goofy Chinstrap Penguin Welcomes You To Antarctica

In this remarkable shot taken January 20, 2015, a Chinstrap penguin offers a close-up look at the distinctive marking that gives the bird its moniker. The waddling creature was photographed near the town of Villa Las Estrellas on Antarctica's King George Island. » 3/28/15 9:15am Saturday 9:15am

Bird Experts "Horrified" To Discover Meat-Eating Rainbow Lorikeets

Like hummingbirds, Australian rainbow lorikeets eat pollen and nectar. In fact, they have a specialized tongue that allows them to do so. So imagine the surprise of bird experts after discovering of a population of lorikeets who have taken to eating meat. » 3/25/15 6:30am 3/25/15 6:30am

The Closest You'll Come To Being A Bird Is Watching This Insane Footage

Sure, it's a publicity stunt, but what a cool idea (and for a good cause: raising awareness about endangered birds of prey). The BBC, in conjunction with Freedom Conservation, attached a camera to a trained eagle named Darshan, who swooped down from Dubai's Burj Khalifa, filming as he flew. » 3/14/15 2:40pm 3/14/15 2:40pm

Why Do Penguins Sneeze?

The answer, via the New England Aquarium: "Penguins can drink salt water, but the salt is removed from their bloodstream by a salt gland behind the eyes. Then they sneeze out the salt!" » 3/14/15 12:05pm 3/14/15 12:05pm

Neanderthals Used Eagle Talons To Make Some Seriously Badass Jewelry

Archaeologists have identified a remarkable piece of Neanderthal jewelry comprised of eight white-tailed eagle talons. Worn 130,000 years ago, the discovery shows that Neanderthals were capable of making sophisticated ornaments long before modern humans appeared on the scene. » 3/12/15 11:40am 3/12/15 11:40am

Watch This Heroic Bald Eagle Keep Her Eggs Warm In A Snow-Covered Nest

Though the live camera feed of her nest in Pennsylvania's Codurus State Park reveals that she's gotten some relief from the snow, this image (captured March 5) shows a bald eagle mother keeping her eggs warm ... despite what was clearly some deeply inconsiderate weather. » 3/07/15 1:15pm 3/07/15 1:15pm

Dreamy Video Captures Murmuration Of Starlings Undulating In The Sky

Starling flocks are called "murmurations." The birds fly in massive, tightly-packed groups to fend off predators, find food together, and seek mates. There are several theories as to how they coordinate their flight patterns so smoothly; what's certain is how hypnotic it looks from the ground. » 3/07/15 10:30am 3/07/15 10:30am

It Takes Very Little to Take an Owl From Menacing to Goofy

That is one disapproving owl. If he had glasses, he'd be peering at us over them. This is a photo of a Ninox strenua, or "Powerful owl." And yet, with one head movement, this same species becomes an instant clown. » 3/05/15 1:30am 3/05/15 1:30am

All These Gifts Were Given To An 8-Year-Old Girl By Crows

Since the age of four, Gabi Mann of Seattle has forged a relationship with the neighborhood crows by offering them food. Then suddenly something unexpected happened — the crows, in an apparent act of reciprocation, started to present various trinkets to Gabi in return. » 2/27/15 8:40am 2/27/15 8:40am

A Test Of Nevada's Solar Tower Project Torched Over A Hundred Birds  

In what's turning into a public relations headache for the solar industry, news has emerged that a recent test of the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada resulted in some 130 birds catching fire, when they flew into an area of highly concentrated solar energy. » 2/19/15 12:30pm 2/19/15 12:30pm

How Did Dinosaurs Become Birds?

Most paleontologists agree that birds are living dinosaurs, the distant evolutionary descendants of animals like Tyrannosaurus rex. Less clear, however, is how dinosaurs evolved into the birds we know today. » 2/18/15 4:30pm 2/18/15 4:30pm

These Mesmerizing Videos Reveal The Hidden Flight Paths Of Birds

These videos, recorded by Dennis Hlynsky, a professor at Rhode Island School of Design, are showing the flight paths of various birds like crows, starlings, seagulls, black vultures, purple martins and sparrows, among others. » 2/16/15 3:00pm 2/16/15 3:00pm

This Is How Many Seagulls Fly Past a Single Window In An Hour

Videographer Paul Parker filmed seagulls flying past his window in Cornwall, England, for an hour. He compressed the hour into the short film you see above. This is not a video for ornithophobics, because, wow, are there a lot of birds here. » 2/15/15 11:00pm 2/15/15 11:00pm

Full-On Nightmare Fuel: Birds With Giant Mouths Instead Of Beaks

Digital artist Sarah DeRemer has come up with a series of utterly unnerving animal mashups that are just begging to be gawked at. She replaces the beaks of birds with the giant maws of other animals, teeth and all. The results are wonderfully horrifying. » 2/06/15 2:40pm 2/06/15 2:40pm

This Video Of Starling Murmurations Is Straight-Up Spectacular

Fewer things are more mesmerizing than watching massive flocks of starlings go into murmuration mode — a defensive measure designed to ward of predators. A recent video shot in Utrecht, The Netherlands is a perfect case in point. » 1/20/15 6:25am 1/20/15 6:25am

What "Mystery Goo" Is Killing Birds Off San Francisco's Coast?

Over 150 seabirds have been injured by a "mystery substance" and 20 have died so far, according to the San Francisco Bay Area's International Bird Rescue center, which is currently working to clean and save as many as possible. » 1/19/15 3:40pm 1/19/15 3:40pm

RIP Rod Taylor, Star of The Birds and The Time Machine

Actor Rod Taylor, most recognizable as Mitch Brenner from Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and as "H. George Wells" from the 1960 film version of The Time Machine, has passed away from natural causes. He was 84. » 1/09/15 1:06am 1/09/15 1:06am

Stop Picking On Crows: Study Reveals the Birds Aren't Evil Predators

We are huge fans of crows here, and now a new meta-analysis of 42 studies reveals that corvids don't have a negative impact on prey species. So South Africa's campaign to poison crows appears to be misguided. » 12/23/14 3:00am 12/23/14 3:00am