Some hummingbird females display male coloring to avoid being harassed

Some hummingbird females display male coloring to avoid being harassed

Female hummingbirds sometimes look like the brightly colored males of their species. Researchers have long pondered the reason for this. Now, a study of hummingbirds in Panama suggests that sporting male-like feathers helps some females avoid intense bullying, researchers recently reported in Current Biology. To find out why this surprising pattern arises, researchers studied the […]

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Carnivores avoid rush hour by taking to roads at night

Carnivores avoid rush hour by taking to roads at night

Bears, wolves, and other carnivores in Michigan adjust their behavior to avoid active roadways, researchers reported recently in the journal Global Ecology and Conservation. The study is part of the growing field of road ecology, which explores how wildlife responds to human thoroughfares—and what this means for coexisting with carnivores in an increasingly crowded world. […]

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In Mozambique, mystery of tuskless elephant points to poaching as the culprit

In Mozambique, mystery of tuskless elephant points to poaching as the culprit

Mozambique’s 15-year civil war changed the face of its national parks, which underwent rampant poaching of big mammals, including elephants. It did much more. It changed the face of female African savanna elephants (Loxodonta africana). The unusually large number of tuskless females at the Gorongosa National Park today can be traced back to the ravages […]

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Starving and injured Sumatran tiger dies in captivity, Indonesian officials report

Starving and injured Sumatran tiger dies in captivity, Indonesian officials report

JAMBI, Indonesia — Conservation authorities in Indonesia have reported the death of a Sumatran tiger captured in October following reports of deadly attacks on people. Officials have linked the death to a suspected local outbreak of African swine fever killing the big cat’s main prey. The adult female Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) died on […]

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