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My New Parakeet

I bought a parakeet at a back alley Chinatown apothecary last week. Against the wise but curmudgeonly old shopkeeper’s advice, I fed Felicia after midnight and she turned into this: I believe it’s a Barred Eagle-Owl. It ate Mathman.

Hot Puppet Action

Concerned that their male red bird of paradise, Paprika, might turn off female companions by repeating human words he learned from visitors, animal keeper Patti Cooper took matters into her own hands. First she crafted a sexy female red bird of paradise puppet, dubbed “Spice Girl.” Then she convinced Paprika to call Spice Girl on…

A new study of barn swallows has shed fascinating light on the link between appearance and the levels of sexual hormones in their bodies. Scientists have long noted that male swallows with deeper red throats attract more females and have higher levels of testosterone. Conventional wisdom assumed that swallows born with more testosterone had deeper…

Across the U.K., ravens, once peaceful scavengers, have taken to attacking livestock in huge murderous storms. Scottish and Welsh farmers have recently reported flocks of ravens descending on lambs and literally pecking them to death. Kind of like the movie The Birds! just more sensationalized by the British media… Beware! Poor metaphors and juvenile symbolism…

I Know Why the Caged Researcher Sings

Researchers from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen in the UK are conducting a study on the relationship between bird songs and… uh… apparently any facet of the human experience. In what sounds to me like an interesting premise with impossibly broad scope, they will attempt to determine “how bird sounds evoke…

Who would have thought that the wandering albatross flew around the earth randomly with absolutely no plan? Apparently the person who named it. According to some fishermen, albatrosses look “wicked baked.” Scientists used to believe that albatrosses followed a strange mathematical formula when flying around the globe in search of food. Turns out they were…

Birds Have Bionic Vision

Birds have the ability to sense the Earth’s magnetic field, and now scientists believe that they may actually “see” it with their eyes. According to a study posted on PLoS, a molecule known to be in birds’ eyes that is sensitive to magnetic fields is directly linked to a part of birds’ brains where visual…

Bentley the Apt Named Duckling

And yet more troubling bird imagery from the same friends who brought us Deviled Ostrich Egg and Baby Cockatiel: Bentley’s Bio courtesy of friend Pat Deering from New Mexico Bentley is a deformed duckling. His neck is bent down and around to his left side. If he is ,Aeufacing,Aeu forward, his head is looking at…

Some Birds Don?t Dig the Oldies

Scientists have long known that birds develop local dialects, but they didn’t know that birds’ languages can go out of style with the times. According to an article in England’s Daily Mail, behavioral ecologist Elizabeth Derryberry tested songs of male whitecrowned sparrows from the 1970′s against songs recorded this year. When Derryberry played the modern…

TOPP: Tagging of Pacific Pelagics

Ever wonder where sea creatures have been or where they’re headed? Thanks to marvelous modern technology and an ambitious team of prestigious scientific organizations, now you can watch in almost real-time! Since 2002, Tagging of Pacific Pelagic (TOPPS) research project has tagged over 2,000 animals with tiny microprocessors and sophisticated remote sensing systems to track…