Letters from Listeners: Odd Things Birds Eat

In the past few weeks, I’ve received a couple of letters from listeners about their backyard birds eating unusual items. Craig Magnuson of Forks, Washington, wrote that he’s seen Evening Grosbeaks, during several different summers, eating cold campfire charcoal shortly after dawn at the Lake Kachess campground in the Wenatchee National Forest. He noted that […]

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Video: Birds-of-Paradise Project

This fall, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Geographic are bringing the Birds-of-Paradise Project to the public. Get an advance look now and witness diverse strategies of evolution at work and experience one of nature’s extraordinary wonders – up close.              

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Flyways for Flyweights: Small Birds Capitalize on Weather Patterns During Epic Migrations

In one of the greatest feats of endurance in the biological world, millions of tiny songbirds—many weighing less than an ounce—migrate thousands of miles to Central and South America each year. Now scientists are finding out how these featherweights do it: using elliptical routes that take advantage of prevailing wind patterns to save calories. “Most […]

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New chickadee study shows climate change affecting distribution

The zone of overlap between two popular, closely related backyard birds – the Carolina Chickadee and the Black-capped Chickadee – is moving northward at a rate that matches warming winter temperatures, according to a March 2014 study by researchers from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Villanova University, and Cornell University. Read the full article at […]

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Bird Song Hero: The song learning game for everyone

Train your brain to recognize and remember bird songs with the Bird Song Hero matching game. In this five-question video quiz you’ll listen closely to featured songs and match each with the correct sound visualization. Bird Song Hero is a fun way to practice the key skills you need to ID all the bird songs […]

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iPhone app allows Americans to identify backyard birds

A new iPhone app enables North Americans to identify bird species by asking just five simple questions. The free app, released this week by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, uses data from a citizen-science project called eBird that helps rapidly narrow down a bird species based on the location and time of year. “We named […]

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Snowy-Owl Migration to US One of Biggest on Record

Snowy owls — large, fluffy, white birds typically found in the Arctic and rarely seen south of the Great Lakes — have swooped down upon the eastern United States in greater numbers than at any time in at least 50 years, one bird expert says. The owls have been spotted as far south as Bermuda, […]

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Greater Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea apoda)

Enter the rainforest canopy of the Aru Islands to watch the coordinated displays of two male Greater Birds-of-Paradise. Then see two females take particular interest in the males’ bright colors, strange sounds, and contorted poses. Filmed by Tim Laman in September 2010.

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