122 species of Colombian bird face extinction, says new report

122 species of Colombian bird face extinction, says new report

A new study, The State of the Birds in Colombia 2014 – produced by a leading conservation group in Colombia, Fundación ProAves – reports that decades of deteriorating ecosystem conditions have led to 122 of the country’s 1,903 bird species now facing extinction. “Our findings are troubling because these deteriorating avian conditions are occurring in … Continue reading

Researchers able to perform extended study of stunning wild northern cardinal gynandromorph

Researchers able to perform extended study of stunning wild northern cardinal gynandromorph

  Ornithologists Brian Peer and Robert Motz, with Western Illinois University, found themselves with a unique opportunity a couple of years ago—to study a gynandromorphy in its native environment for an extended period of time. They have written a paper describing what they observed and have had it published in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. … Continue reading

Drought causes birds to nest later, reducing nesting success

Drought causes birds to nest later, reducing nesting success

A recent study suggests drought conditions are delaying nesting by two weeks or more for some Sonoran Desert bird species, such as Black-tailed Gnatcatchers and Verdins. Despite recent rainfall, drought conditions persist in much of the southwestern U.S. Drought negatively impacts, many wildlife species, making it harder to maintain their numbers, even when adapted to … Continue reading

Genomics work suggests vocalizing birds could tell us more about human speech disorders

Genomics work suggests vocalizing birds could tell us more about human speech disorders

Think that sparrow whistling outside your bedroom window is nothing more than pleasant background noise? A new paper from a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) suggests that we can apply what we know about songbirds to our understanding of human speech production—and, therefore, come closer to identifying and potentially even … Continue reading

Birds can sense storms days in advance, say scientists

Birds can sense storms days in advance, say scientists

  Do some animals have a “sixth sense” that allows them to predict things like earthquakes or the weather? According to scientists who are studying the migration patterns of the golden-winged warbler, the answer is yes, at least in regards to the weather, reports the Guardian. After retrieving trackers that were fitted to a group … Continue reading