Urban Birds Use Cigarette Butts to Get Rid of Pests

A team of ecologists discovered that city birds may be inserting cigarette butts into the lining of their nests in order to repel arthropods.

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High-Speed Video Helps Scientists Understand Hummingbird Pollination


Hummingbirds are part of the family Trochilidae and are among the smallest birds on the planet, with most species measuring between 7.5 to 13 cm. Now, a new high-speed video has helped scientists understand why hummingbirds always pollinate flowers that hang upside down.

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Swallows & Homing Pigeons Monitor Environmental Factors


A new study indicates that nesting birds that feed on insects that hatch in lake or stream-bed sediments make good biological monitors for pollution.

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Blood-Thinning Rodenticide is Killing Birds


Canada and the US have started to restrict the use of rodent poisons based on blood thinners, as new research shows that the toxins accumulate in birds of prey and other animals.

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Eggs of Superb Fairy-Wren Learn Before Hatching


The females of superb fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus) start singing to their unhatched eggs in order to teach the embryo a “password,” a single unique note, which nestlings must later incorporate into their begging calls in order to get fed.

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Pigeons Ability to Hear Magnetic Fields Finally Linked to the Lagena in Inner Ear


New research has showed that the individual neurons in the brains of common pigeons could relay crucial information about the Earth’s magnetic field, potentially providing these animals with an internal GPS.

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