Biology

Avian influenza: How it’s spreading and what to know about this outbreak

When it comes to avian influenza, more commonly known as bird flu, all birds are not created equal. “The scientific community has become accustomed to …

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Global bird populations steadily declining

Staggering declines in bird populations are taking place around the world. So concludes a study from scientists at multiple institutions, published today in the journal …

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New bird app spreads its wings

Researchers from The University of Queensland have helped design an app to protect birds at risk of extinction across the world by breaking down language …

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Dynamic rivers contributed to Amazon’s rich bird diversity

One of the most contentious questions in evolutionary biology is, how did the Amazon become so rich in species? A new study focused on birds …

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How new bird species arise

Much of a centuries-old debate over where and how new bird species form has now been resolved. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have provided …

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Pacific Ocean as the greatest theater of bird migration

With a surface larger than all the continents together, the Pacific Ocean is the most extreme environment a migratory bird can encounter. Yet there are …

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Bird singing contests: A clash of culture and conservation

For thousands of years, people have been keeping wild birds. It is often a deeply ingrained part of the culture. One of the more recent …

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Introduced birds are not replacing roles of human-caused extinct species

Human-caused bird extinctions are driving losses of functional diversity on islands worldwide, and the gaps they leave behind are not being filled by introduced (alien) …

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Bird feces reveals that when birds migrate, their gut bacteria change

The trillions of bacteria living in our guts play a crucial role in our ability to digest food and fight off disease. All other animals …

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Bird malaria spreading via global ‘hotspots’

Bird species across the globe are suffering and dying from a type of malaria and, while these strains are not infectious to humans, they’re spreading …

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