birds
How Hummingbirds Sense Movement While Hovering
How Hummingbirds Sense Movement While Hovering
Anna Azvolinsky | Jan 5, 2017
A visual motion-sensing brain region found in all four-limbed vertebrates displays unique properties in Anna’s hummingbirds.
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 22, 2016
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Study: There Are Twice as Many Bird Species as Previously Estimated
Study: There Are Twice as Many Bird Species as Previously Estimated
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 14, 2016
Standard taxonomy lumps together bird species that should be separate, a new study suggests, raising the total number of estimated species from 9,000 to 18,000.
Birds Have Skills Previously Described as “Uniquely Human”
Birds Have Skills Previously Described as “Uniquely Human”
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2016
Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals.
Slideshow: Nerdy Birdies
Slideshow: Nerdy Birdies
The Scientist Staff | Nov 30, 2016
Meet the pigeons that are redefining what it means to behave like a human by displaying remarkable pattern recognition abilities.
Many Evolutionary Paths Lead to Same Bird Trait
Many Evolutionary Paths Lead to Same Bird Trait
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 20, 2016
Diverse genetic changes lead to remarkably similar hemoglobin adaptations of diverse bird species, a study finds. 
Behavior Brief
Behavior Brief
Ben Andrew Henry | Sep 23, 2016
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
A Tribe of Hornbill Hunters Turns to Conservation
A Tribe of Hornbill Hunters Turns to Conservation
Moushumi Basu | Sep 1, 2016
An indigenous community in northeastern India is a crucial part of the effort to save these majestic forest birds from extinction.
Bird Rests Both Brain Hemispheres During Flight
Bird Rests Both Brain Hemispheres During Flight
Tracy Vence | Aug 8, 2016
Great frigatebirds can sleep while flying, researchers report.
Source of Scales, Feathers, Hair
Source of Scales, Feathers, Hair
Tanya Lewis | Jun 27, 2016
Reptiles, birds, and mammals all produce tiny, bump-like structures during development.