Birds Nests Photography
Photographer Sharon Beals uses photography as an art form, and as a way to chronicle what moves her heart and concerns her conscience from habitat restoration and plastic in the ocean, to the ecology ...
Flying with the fastest birds on the planet: Peregrine Falcon & Goshawk
BBC wildlife show Animal Camera placed tiny spy cameras on some of the fastest and most manoeuvrable birds on the planet, the peregrine falcon and the goshawk. The footage of a diving peregrine pullin...
Amazing Starling Flocks Are Flying Avalanches
To watch the uncanny synchronization of a starling flock in flight is to wonder if the birds aren’t actually a single entity, governed by something beyond the usual rules of biology. New research sugg...
This Bird Can Stay in Flight for Six Months Straight
A lightweight sensor attached to alpine swifts reveals that the small migratory birds can remain aloft for more than 200 days without touching down
The Beauty Of Bird Nests
Nature is filled with such fascinating animals that create everything from magnificently designed spiderwebs to mystifying cocoons. In particular, San Francis…
The Art of the Bird's Nest
The fragile architectural masterpieces of numerous bird species are the subject of Sharon Beals' latest photo series—now on display at the National Academy of Sciences Share/Bookmark
Parasitic Cuckoo Finches Use an Egg Overload to Evade Host Defenses
The more eggs a parasitic cuckoo finch lays in its host's nest, the more likely a discerning foster parent will accept the finch's young as its own
Synodontis multipunctata
Synodontis multipunctatus, also known as the cuckoo catfish, cuckoo squeaker, or multipunk, is a small catfish from Lake Tanganyika, one of the lakes in the Great Rift Valley system in Africa. It is a...
Cere
The beak, bill, or rostrum is an external anatomical structure of birds which is used for eating and for grooming, manipulating objects, killing prey, fighting, probing for food, courtship and feeding...
Lek mating
A lek is an aggregation of males that gather to engage in competitive displays that may entice visiting females who are surveying prospective partners for copulation. Leks are commonly formed before o...
Birds Nests Photography
Photographer Sharon Beals uses photography as an art form, and as a way to chronicle what moves her heart and concerns her conscience from habitat restoration and plastic in the ocean, to the ecology ...
Flight feather
Flight feathers (Pennae volatus) are the long, stiff, asymmetrically shaped, but symmetrically paired pennaceous feathers on the wings or tail of a bird; those on the wings are called remiges (singul...
Anting (bird activity)
Anting is a self-anointing behavior during which birds rub insects, usually ants, on their feathers and skin. The bird may pick up the insects in their bill and rub them on the body, or the bird may ...
Bird house
A nest box, also spelled nestbox, is a man-made enclosure provided for animals to nest in. Nest boxes are most frequently utilized for birds, in which case they are also called birdhouses or a birdbo...
Brisbane Forest Park
Brisbane Forest Park (now officially the southern part of D'Aguilar National Park), is located on parts of the D'Aguilar Range. The large nature reserve lies on the western boundary of Brisbane, Queen...
Wattle (anatomy)
A wattle is a fleshy caruncle hanging from various parts of the head or neck in several groups of birds, mammals and other animals. A caruncle is defined as 'A small, fleshy excrescence that is a nor...
Alula
The alula, or bastard wing, (plural alulae) is a small projection on the anterior edge of the wing of modern birds and a few non avian dinosaurs. The word is Latin and means "winglet"; it is the dimi...
Gleaning (birds)
Gleaning is a term for a feeding strategy by birds in which they catch invertebrate prey, mainly arthropods, by plucking them from foliage or the ground, from crevices such as rock faces and under the...
Rictal bristle
The beak, bill, or rostrum is an external anatomical structure of birds which is used for eating and for grooming, manipulating objects, killing prey, fighting, probing for food, courtship and feeding...
Rookery
A rookery is a colony of breeding animals, generally birds. A rook is a Northern European and Central Asian member of the crow family, which nest in prominent colonies (multiple nests) at the tops of...
Distraction display
Distraction displays, also known as deflection display, diversionary display or paratrepsis, are anti-predator behaviours used to attract the attention of an enemy away from an object, typically the n...
Sort sol (bird flock)
Sort sol is a nature phenomenon in the marshlands in southwestern Jutland, Denmark, in particular the marsh near Tønder and Ribe. Very large numbers of migrational starlings gather there in spring an...
Amazing Starling Flocks Are Flying Avalanches
To watch the uncanny synchronization of a starling flock in flight is to wonder if the birds aren’t actually a single entity, governed by something beyond the usual rules of biology. New research sugg...
Aviary
An aviary is a large enclosure for confining birds. Unlike cages, aviaries allow birds a larger living space where they can fly; hence, aviaries are also sometimes known as flight cages. Aviaries oft...
Egg tossing (behavior)
Egg tossing is a behavior observed in some species of birds and is related to infanticide. The activity is performed so as to increase the chances that newly laid eggs which are genetically closer to ...
Parasitic Cuckoo Finches Use an Egg Overload to Evade Host Defenses
The more eggs a parasitic cuckoo finch lays in its host's nest, the more likely a discerning foster parent will accept the finch's young as its own
Helpers at the nest
Helpers at the nest is a term used in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology to describe a social structure in which juveniles and sexually mature adolescents of either one or both sexes, remain...
Fecal sac
A house wren feeds chicks in a nest box, and towards the end of the video, removes a fecal sac.A fecal sac (also spelled faecal sac) is a mucous membrane, generally white or clear with a dark end, t...