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  • The World’s Largest Bird
    The World’s Largest Bird

    You probably won’t have heard of it and with good reason, but the Vorombe titan has been declared the largest bird in the world. At least it would be the largest if it hadn’t become extinct! A distinct species of elephant bird, this enormous creature was native to Madagascar but…

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  • Millions of birds bred for shooting
    Millions of birds bred for shooting

    It is estimated that an incredible 27 million pheasants are bred for shooting each year in the UK. Any animal lover would find this situation disturbing but a new report from Savills suggests that more than half of the birds die in vain as they are never eaten. Many of…

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  • Rare birds have lost their sense of direction
    Rare birds have lost their sense of direction

    The northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita) is a migratory bird which favours barren and rocky habitats, usually those close to running water. It is a non-wading member of the Ibis family and is notable for its un-feathered face and long red bill which is curved. It breeds in colonies on…

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  • Eight bird species confirmed extinct
    Eight bird species confirmed extinct

    New analysis by BirdLife International indicates that eight further species of bird can be confirmed extinct or considered highly likely to be extinct. When you think about extinct birds it can be the dodo which first pops into your mind, but this bird’s demise was an historical event. Many species…

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  • Birds can learn a second language
    Birds can learn a second language

    Humans learn second languages to enable them to communicate with people of different nationalities. Understanding just a few words can prove to be really useful. It turns out that birds can also learn languages but in the avian world, this ability is used to avoid predators! Scientists have discovered that…

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