Birdsongs Elicit “Emotional” Response From Birds

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Scientists indicate that birds listening to birdsong may be experiencing an emotional response akin to when humans listen to music. The study tracked the neural activity in sparrows.

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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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Eurasian Jays Aware When Others Are Listening


A new study indicates that Eurasian jays (Garrulus glandarius) are aware that others may be watching them while they hide away nuts and seeds for the winter, but they might also be aware when others are surreptitiously listening.

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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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Transgendered Bellbird Discovered in New Zealand

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New Zealand bellbird, Anthornis melanura, Image: Richard Ashurst/Flickr

Biologists have uncovered a spotted New Zealand bellbird (Anthornis melanura) in Karori’s Zealandia eco-sanctuary that exhibits features and behavior of both male and female members of the species.

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