Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs
Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs
As shelter-in-place orders quieted the city of San Francisco, its sparrow population developed softer, sexier songs.
Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs
Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs

As shelter-in-place orders quieted the city of San Francisco, its sparrow population developed softer, sexier songs.

As shelter-in-place orders quieted the city of San Francisco, its sparrow population developed softer, sexier songs.

ornithology
Image of the Day: Migrating Storks
Image of the Day: Migrating Storks
Jim Daley | May 25, 2018
Ornithologists tagged 27 juvenile birds to track the way they use updrafts of air heated by the sun to migrate over long distances.
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.
Birders Break North American Record
Birders Break North American Record
Kerry Grens | Oct 1, 2016
A nude birder and an Australian zoo owner are competing to set the new bar for the number of species spotted in a single year.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Apr 1, 2016
Lab Girl, The Most Perfect Thing, Half-Earth, and Cosmosapiens
Owl Be Darned
Owl Be Darned
The Scientist Staff | Dec 4, 2015
Researchers studying city-dwelling birds are learning about which animals are more suited to urban life.
Urban Owl-Fitters
Urban Owl-Fitters
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2015
How birds with an innate propensity for living among humans are establishing populations in cities
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Aug 1, 2015
Gods of the Morning, Hedonic Eating, A Beautiful Question, and Genomic Messages
High-Flying Ducks
High-Flying Ducks
Sarah Hewitt | Jul 1, 2015
Five species of waterfowl have evolved a variety of adaptations to adjust to the high altitude of South America’s Lake Titicaca.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Apr 1, 2015
Junk DNA, Cuckoo, Sapiens, and Cool
Inferior Sperm
Inferior Sperm
Bob Grant | Feb 5, 2015
A study in an African bird species sheds light on age-related gamete decline.
Bird Diversity Drops From Forests to Farms
Bird Diversity Drops From Forests to Farms
Ruth Williams | Sep 11, 2014
Farms support less phylogenetically diverse bird populations than forests, but some farms are better than others.
Bye Bye, Birdies?
Bye Bye, Birdies?
Bob Grant | Sep 9, 2014
A report from the National Audubon Society suggests that more than half of US bird species are under threat of displacement or extinction in the face of climate change.
Six-Legged Syringes
Six-Legged Syringes
Yao-Hua Law | Sep 1, 2014
Researchers whose work requires that they draw blood from wild animals are finding unlikely collaborators in biting insects.
Duck, Duck, Goose!
Duck, Duck, Goose!
Patricia L.R. Brennan | Jun 30, 2014
Check out the remarkable explosive eversion of the duck penis.
Capsule Reviews
Capsule Reviews
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2014
The Sixth Extinction, Joy, Guilt, Anger, Love, Ha! The Science of When we Laugh and Why, and Ten Thousand Birds
Behavior Brief
Rachel Nuwer | Sep 21, 2011
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Bird Braves Irene
Bob Grant | Aug 29, 2011
A shorebird flies into the teeth of the massive hurricane that hit the US East Coast…and lives to tell about it.
The Birds and the Bees
Tim Birkhead | Feb 28, 2011
A recent book exposes what Darwin got wrong about sexual behavior in birds, and what his error tells us about the evolution of scientific knowledge.
Book excerpt from The Wisdom of Birds
Tim Birkhead | Feb 28, 2011
In Chapter 9, “Darwin in Denial,” author Tim Birkhead explains how Darwin’s failure to recognize avian female promiscuity resulted in a century of misconceptions about sexual selection