Study: Woodpecker Drumming is Neurologically Similar to Songbird Vocalization

Study: Woodpecker Drumming is Neurologically Similar to Songbird Vocalization

A team of scientists from the United States and Denmark has found specialized pecking-related regions in the woodpecker forebrain that show characteristics that until now have only been associated with vocal learning in animals and language in humans; instead of being related to vocalization, activity in these brain regions is related to the characteristic tree […]

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Winter feeding gamebirds can boost nesting numbers of songbirds the following spring

Winter feeding gamebirds can boost nesting numbers of songbirds the following spring

The scientific data does not support Mark Glover’s assertion that the release of gamebirds results in “environmental devastation” (Slaughter of UK-imported gamebirds carries a hefty price, 22 July). In support of his argument that the release of pheasants is causing an increase in the fox population, he cites Stephen Harris’ paper for the Labour Animal […]

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Tracy Parsons, the ‘bird lady’, has rehabilitated hundreds of injured birds and animals since she was seven

Tracy Parsons, the ‘bird lady’, has rehabilitated hundreds of injured birds and animals since she was seven

Tracey Parsons is a big-hearted animal lover who rescued her first animal when she was seven years old. She has lost track of how many animals she has rehabilitated since then. Parsons is 35 years old and runs the Blackbird Boutique in Blackheath, London, which sells animal-themed goods such as greeting cards, necklaces, earrings, bags, […]

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More proof. A walk-in-the-park really can boost our feelings of well-being – especially when there are wild songbirds along the way!

More proof. A walk-in-the-park really can boost our feelings of well-being – especially when there are wild songbirds along the way!

It’s not exactly news that spending time in nature benefits human health and well-being. But an experiment conducted by social scientists along some mountain trails in Colorado shows – it’s not just the wind in your face or the grandeur of the scenery we need to thank. They hid speakers along two trails in the […]

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