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Newswise: Birds of a Feather Flock Together, But How Do They Decide Where to Go?
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Birds of a Feather Flock Together, But How Do They Decide Where to Go?

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Coordinated behavior is common in a variety of biological systems, such as insect swarms, fish schools and bacterial colonies. But the way information is spread and decisions are made in such systems is difficult to understand. A group of researchers from Southeast University and China University of Mining and Technology studied the synchronized flight of pigeon flocks. They used this as a basis to explain the mechanisms behind coordinated behavior, in the journal Chaos.

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Newswise: Enter the BirdSpotter Photo Contest

Enter the BirdSpotter Photo Contest

Cornell University

Calling all shutterbug bird lovers: The BirdSpotter Photo Contest is back—always a popular feature of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Project FeederWatch. The contest runs through March 12, with many great prizes available for biweekly winners and final Grand Prize winners. The contest is sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited.

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14-Nov-2019 1:15 PM EST
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Newswise: Ancient Egyptians Gathered Birds From the Wild for Sacrifice and Mummification
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Ancient Egyptians Gathered Birds From the Wild for Sacrifice and Mummification

PLOS

In ancient Egypt, Sacred Ibises were collected from their natural habitats to be ritually sacrificed, according to a study released November 13, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Sally Wasef of Griffith University, Australia and colleagues.

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6-Nov-2019 4:05 PM EST
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Newswise: Uncover Secrets of Nesting Birds With “Nest Quest Go!”

Uncover Secrets of Nesting Birds With “Nest Quest Go!”

Cornell University

Secrets hidden in more than 300,000 index cards with hand-written information about nesting birds are gradually being revealed. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is partnering with Zooniverse, an online people-powered research tool, to digitize this valuable collection and create the largest database of nesting bird information in the U.S. This new effort is called "Nest Quest Go!"

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13-Nov-2019 9:00 AM EST
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Newswise: Songbirds Sing Species-Specific Songs
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Songbirds Sing Species-Specific Songs

PLOS

The generation of species-specific singing in songbirds is associated with species-specific patterns of gene activity in brain regions called song nuclei, according to a study published November 12 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Kazuhiro Wada of Hokkaido University in Japan, and colleagues.

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5-Nov-2019 10:05 AM EST
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Newswise: Study Finds Sex Bias in Bird Conservation Plans

Study Finds Sex Bias in Bird Conservation Plans

Cornell University

After pairing up and raising chicks, males and females of some bird species spend their winter break apart. At the end of their journey to Central or South America, you might find mostly males in one habitat, and females in another. Yet conservation strategies have typically overlooked the habitats needed by females, putting already-declining species in even more peril.

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7-Nov-2019 10:45 AM EST
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Newswise: How hurricanes impact creatures from sea turtles to wild turkeys
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Zoo animal research skewed towards 'popular' species

University of Exeter

Research on zoo animals focuses more on "familiar" species like gorillas and chimpanzees than less well known ones like the waxy monkey frog, scientists say.

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31-Oct-2019 12:05 PM EDT
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