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Released: 13-May-2024 3:30 PM EDT
World's Largest Hummingbird Is Actually Two Species
Cornell University

The Giant Hummingbird of western South America is not one species but two, according to an international group of researchers. The northern population stays in the high Andes year-round while the southern population migrates from sea level up to 14,000 feet for the nonbreeding months. The two species appear identical.

Released: 13-May-2024 3:05 PM EDT
Texas Tech Researchers Help Confirm First Case of Avian Influenza Transmitted from Cow to Human
Texas Tech University

Researchers from the Biological Threat Response Laboratory played a critical role in testing for the virus.

Newswise: Cicada Survival Guide: VUMC Expert Offers Tips
Released: 10-May-2024 2:05 PM EDT
Cicada Survival Guide: VUMC Expert Offers Tips
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Kendall, a longtime resident of Middle Tennessee, has been through this before, and his words likely ring true for anyone who has lived through one of the periodic invasions of the red-eyed, noisemaking insects.

Newswise: Infectious Disease Physician: What You Should Know About Bird Flu
Released: 30-Apr-2024 9:05 AM EDT
Infectious Disease Physician: What You Should Know About Bird Flu
New York Institute of Technology, New York Tech

NYITCOM infectious disease physician Carl Abraham, M.D., explains how the virus is transmitted and whether parents should be concerned about the dairy products in their homes.

Newswise: URI-led team finds direct evidence of ‘itinerant breeding’ in East Coast shorebird species
Released: 17-Apr-2024 2:05 PM EDT
URI-led team finds direct evidence of ‘itinerant breeding’ in East Coast shorebird species
University of Rhode Island

KINGSTON, R.I. – April 17, 2024 – Migration and reproduction are two of the most demanding events in a bird’s annual cycle, so much so that the vast majority of migratory birds separate the two tasks into different times of the year. But a study by University of Rhode Island researchers has found direct evidence of a species – the American woodcock, a migratory shorebird from eastern and central North America – that overlaps periods of migration and reproduction, a rare breeding strategy known as “itinerant breeding.

Newswise: Mountain chickadees have remarkable memories. A new study explains why
Released: 17-Apr-2024 12:05 PM EDT
Mountain chickadees have remarkable memories. A new study explains why
University of Colorado Boulder

Mountain chickadees have among the best spatial memory in the animal kingdom. New research identifies the genes at play and offers insight into how a shifting climate may impact the evolution of this unique skill.

Newswise: Save Spring Migrating Birds
Released: 16-Apr-2024 9:00 AM EDT
Save Spring Migrating Birds
Cornell University

Now is one of the most important times of year to keep birds safe by reducing non-essential lighting at night and treating window glass so birds can see it and avoid deadly collisions.

Newswise: What Do Bird Dreams Sound Like?
Released: 11-Apr-2024 11:05 AM EDT
What Do Bird Dreams Sound Like?
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

While asleep, the area of birds’ brains dedicated to singing remains active, triggering vocal muscles without producing sound. In Chaos from AIP Publishing, researchers translate the muscle activity to synthesize the songs of avian dreams. Reproducing distinctive bird calls provides a window into the contents of the bird’s dreams.

Newswise: Computational tools fuel reconstruction of new and improved bird family tree
28-Mar-2024 6:05 PM EDT
Computational tools fuel reconstruction of new and improved bird family tree
University of California San Diego

Using cutting-edge computational methods and supercomputing infrastructure at UC San Diego, researchers have built the largest and most detailed bird family tree to date—an intricate chart delineating 93 million years of evolutionary relationships between 363 bird species, representing 92% of all bird families.

Newswise: We’ve Had Bird Evolution All Wrong
27-Mar-2024 2:00 PM EDT
We’ve Had Bird Evolution All Wrong
University of Florida

A pair of research papers reveals that genomic anomalies misled scientists about the true evolutionary history of birds.

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Released: 28-Mar-2024 9:30 AM EDT
Lyrebird Synchronizes Elements of Its Mating Dance
Cornell University

To woo a mate, the Albert’s Lyrebird of Australia becomes a real song-and-dance bird. Each male first chooses a stage of entangled vines, then in performance he shakes the vines as part of his courtship footwork, synchronizing each shake with the beat of his striking song.

Newswise: Early Spring, Earlier Nesting Birds
Released: 26-Mar-2024 8:50 AM EDT
Early Spring, Earlier Nesting Birds
Cornell University

The NestWatch project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology documents when and where birds are nesting. The evidence from recent years shows that birds are nesting weeks earlier than they used to and this spring may be no exception.

Newswise: Central Park Zoo Releases Postmortem Testing Results for Flaco, the Eurasian Eagle Owl
Released: 25-Mar-2024 4:20 PM EDT
Central Park Zoo Releases Postmortem Testing Results for Flaco, the Eurasian Eagle Owl
Wildlife Conservation Society

The following statement was released today by Central Park Zoo:Postmortem testing has been completed for Flaco, the Eurasian eagle owl that was found down in the courtyard of a Manhattan building a little over a year after his enclosure at the Central Park Zoo was vandalized on February 2, 2023.

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13-Mar-2024 1:05 AM EDT
Arctic nightlife: seabird colony bursts with sound at night
Hokkaido University

Acoustic recordings of a colony of little auks reveal their nocturnal activities and offer valuable monitoring means for avian biology in the Arctic.

Newswise: Illinois study: Tropical birds could tolerate warming better than expected
Released: 14-Mar-2024 10:05 AM EDT
Illinois study: Tropical birds could tolerate warming better than expected
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

We expect tropical animals to handle a certain degree of heat, but not wild swings in temperature. That seems to be true for tropical ectotherms, or “cold-blooded” animals such as amphibians, reptiles, and insects.

Newswise: Who knew that eating poo was so vital for birds’ survival?
Released: 12-Mar-2024 6:05 PM EDT
Who knew that eating poo was so vital for birds’ survival?
University of South Australia

New research led by the University of South Australia explains how eating faeces (known as coprophagy) shapes wild birds’ digestive tracts (gut biota), enabling them to absorb lost or deficient nutrients and adjust to seasonal variations in food sources.

Newswise: Caught on camera: grey seal spits at sea eagle in never seen before encounter
Released: 6-Mar-2024 11:05 AM EST
Caught on camera: grey seal spits at sea eagle in never seen before encounter
University of Portsmouth

A grey seal has been seen spitting a jet of water at a sea eagle, a defensive behaviour that hasn’t been reported before, according to a new study from the University of Portsmouth.

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Released: 5-Mar-2024 9:05 AM EST
"Flying Tigers" Come to Live Cornell Bird Cams Project
Cornell University

A streaming camera has gone live on the Great Horned Owl named Athena. She's nested for more than a dozen years at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. Now, everyone can see her family grow.

Newswise: Birds and bee lessons as Pacific field trips also solve 'Michener's mystery'
Released: 26-Feb-2024 10:05 PM EST
Birds and bee lessons as Pacific field trips also solve 'Michener's mystery'
Flinders University

Eight new Pacific bee species and new insights into Fijian bird behaviour on Viti Levu Island have been described in new scientific studies led by Flinders University.

Newswise: First Known Photos of ‘Lost Bird’ Captured by UTEP Scientists
Released: 20-Feb-2024 5:00 AM EST
First Known Photos of ‘Lost Bird’ Captured by UTEP Scientists
University of Texas at El Paso

Rare tropical forest bird had not been seen in nearly two decades

Released: 9-Feb-2024 12:05 PM EST
Wildlife Conservation Society Delegation Heading to Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) CoP14
Wildlife Conservation Society

A Wildlife Conservation Society delegation is heading to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals CoP14, Feb. 12-17, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Newswise: Relocated songbirds can successfully learn the diversity of song they need to survive
Released: 1-Feb-2024 10:05 PM EST
Relocated songbirds can successfully learn the diversity of song they need to survive
University of Plymouth

Nestling songbirds relocated as part of conservation programmes successfully learn the song repertoires they need to communicate – and ultimately survive – in the wild, a new study has found.

Newswise: Scientists Pinpoint Growth of Brain’s Cerebellum as Key to Evolution of Bird Flight
29-Jan-2024 12:00 PM EST
Scientists Pinpoint Growth of Brain’s Cerebellum as Key to Evolution of Bird Flight
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Evolutionary biologists at Johns Hopkins Medicine report they have combined PET scans of modern pigeons along with studies of dinosaur fossils to help answer an enduring question in biology: How did the brains of birds evolve to enable them to fly?

Released: 30-Jan-2024 2:05 PM EST
Our winter of discontent: Get the latest news on the flu in the Influenza channel
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The latest research and expertise on the flue can be found in the Influenza channel on Newswise.

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Released: 29-Jan-2024 12:05 PM EST
North America bird populations are declining; expert explains why
Virginia Tech

According to recent data, bird populations in North America have declined by approximately 2.9 billion birds, a loss of more than one in four birds since 1970. Experts say this bird loss will continue to grow unless changes are made in our daily lives. 

Newswise: Uncovering the secrets behind the silent flight of owls
Released: 23-Jan-2024 12:05 PM EST
Uncovering the secrets behind the silent flight of owls
Chiba University

Owls are fascinating creatures that can fly silently through some of the quietest places. Their wings make no noise while flying, enabling them to accurately locate their prey using their exceptional hearing ability while remaining undetected. This unique ability depends on many factors and has long been a hot research subject.

Newswise: Flock Together for the Great Backyard Bird Count
Released: 23-Jan-2024 8:30 AM EST
Flock Together for the Great Backyard Bird Count
Cornell University

The 27th annual Great Backyard Bird Count is taking place February 16 through 19, 2024. Participating with friends, family, or a community group means there are more eyes to spot the birds and a deeper well of knowledge to draw from.

Newswise: Need for speed: How hummingbirds switch mental gears in flight
Released: 11-Jan-2024 8:50 AM EST
Need for speed: How hummingbirds switch mental gears in flight
University of British Columbia

Hummingbirds use two distinct sensory strategies to control their flight, depending on whether they’re hovering or in forward motion, according to new research by University of British Columbia (UBC) zoologists.

Newswise: A Tale of Two Sparrows: Not Everyone Likes New Things
Released: 4-Jan-2024 10:05 AM EST
A Tale of Two Sparrows: Not Everyone Likes New Things
Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)

Ecological and environmental factors are known to affect invasion success. Now, scientists have found that “braver” birds are better at invading new environments.

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Released: 22-Dec-2023 5:05 PM EST
Science Is the Best (Local, Regional, National, Global) Policy
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

About a decade ago, BRI hosted a Bio Blitz at our River Point bird monitoring station in Falmouth, Maine.

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Released: 22-Dec-2023 5:05 PM EST
Science Outside the Box
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Neon green hoods, turquoise bellies, ornate crowns—neotropical birds come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Combined with unique patterns, textures, and song, they either blend in or stand out in thick jungles filled with hundreds of other species competing for the same or similar resources.

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Released: 22-Dec-2023 5:05 PM EST
Heroes in the Wild
Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI)

Two things stand out when you walk into Ed Jenkin’s office: he always offers a welcoming smile, and once you acknowledge him, your eyes are drawn to the beautifully curated, vibrant artwork on his walls—photographs he has taken of the many species of birds and the variety of landscapes where he has studied these birds around the globe.

Newswise: The configuration of green spaces in cities determines the characteristics of their birds
Released: 12-Dec-2023 2:05 PM EST
The configuration of green spaces in cities determines the characteristics of their birds
University of Granada

An international team including researchers from the University of Granada (UGR) and the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC) has studied the distribution of 115 species of birds in spring and 72 that spend the winter in nine European cities.

Released: 12-Dec-2023 2:05 PM EST
Daily singing workout keeps songbird males attractive
University of Southern Denmark

Every year in the Christmas season it becomes clear again that some people are amazingly skilled singers, like Mariah Carey and George Michael. Their singing can stir strong emotions.

Released: 11-Dec-2023 5:05 PM EST
Millions of birds lose precious energy due to fireworks on New Year’s Eve
Universiteit van Amsterdam

Birds are affected by the mass use of fireworks on New Year's Eve up to a distance of 10 km away. With data from weather radars and bird counts an international team of researchers revealed how many birds take off immediately after the start of the fireworks, at what distance from fireworks this occurs and which species groups mainly react.

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Released: 8-Dec-2023 9:30 AM EST
Bird feeding may give humans something to chirp about
Virginia Tech

Ashley Dayer hopes to peck away at the notion that bird feeding is simply for the birds.

Released: 7-Dec-2023 2:15 PM EST
Looking for unique stories about the winter holidays? Check out the Winter Holidays channel
Newswise

It's the moooost wonderful time...of the year! Are you looking for new story ideas that are focused on the winter holiday season? Perhaps you're working on a story on on managing stress and anxiety? Perhaps you're working on a story on seasonal affective disorder? Or perhaps your editor asked you to write a story on tracking Santa? Look no further. Check out the Winter Holidays channel.

       
Newswise: Jays jump in while crows hold out for the treat
Released: 6-Dec-2023 6:05 PM EST
Jays jump in while crows hold out for the treat
Anglia Ruskin University

New research has found that two similar species of birds – both capable of displaying self-control through delayed gratification – behave very differently around their favourite food when they have company.

Released: 6-Dec-2023 6:05 PM EST
Feathered friends can become unlikely helpers for tropical coral reefs facing climate change threat
Lancaster University

Tropical coral reefs are among our most spectacular ecosystems, yet a rapidly warming planet threatens the future survival of many reefs.

Newswise: What dynamics act in animal migrations and parasitic infections?
Released: 21-Nov-2023 8:05 AM EST
What dynamics act in animal migrations and parasitic infections?
Universite de Montreal

Whether to find food, reproduce, reduce competition, escape predators or escape winter, migration is a survival mechanism for many animal species.

Newswise: Birds set foot near South Pole in Early Cretaceous, Australian tracks show
Released: 16-Nov-2023 2:05 AM EST
Birds set foot near South Pole in Early Cretaceous, Australian tracks show
Emory University

The discovery of 27 avian footprints on the southern Australia coast — dating back to the Early Cretaceous when Australia was still connected to Antarctica — opens another window onto early avian evolution and possible migratory behavior.



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