Flamingo Mating Ritual Revealed A new study has revealed that flamingos have 136 different moves that they can use to attract a new mate. The more complicated their display, the more likely they are to succeed.
Strictly Star is Terrified of Birds! Strictly Come Dancing Star Ore Oduba suffers from a bad case of ornithophobia (fear of birds). Ore is a sports and news presenter for the BBC. He has also presented the National Lottery Draw and the One Show. Fortunately for him, his work doesn’t normally involve working with birds. […]
Wild Birds Prefer Semi-Detached Homes! A year-long study into the behaviour of blue tits and great tits has revealed that the birds prefer gardens which are planted with trees and shrubs. Regardless of how much bird seed is displayed in a garden, it is the planting which will dictate how many of these birds will […]
Bids of Prey Targeted in Northern Ireland A shocking 44 birds of prey have been confirmed as having been shot, trapped or poisoned in Northern Ireland between 2009 and 2014. Unfortunately, these numbers may only be the tip of a very unpleasant iceberg as many such incidents may not have been discovered or reported. Some […]
Native British Bird Recovers from the Brink of Extinction Farmland birds in Britain have struggled in recent years and the populations of many species have experienced a sharp decline. New agricultural practices in the 20th century seriously eroded the birds’ natural habitats and their numbers have fallen 54% since 1970.
Pigeon Fancier’s Lung (Bird Fancier’s Lung) Pigeon fancier’s lung is form of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It occurs when the sufferer’s lungs develop an immune response to something they breathe in. The resulting inflammation of the lung tissue produces coughing, shortness of breath, fever and joint pains. The condition can lead to permanent scarring of the lungs […]
BBC Investigation Uncovers Cruel treatment of Game Birds An investigation by Inside Out London has revealed the shocking conditions endured at three breeding sites for game birds. The birds are bred for shooting, a sport which generates £140 million for the economy. Unfortunately, game birds are offered little protection under animal welfare laws.
Cockatoos Demonstrate the Ability to make Tools The results of recent studies into avian intelligence have been fascinating and surprising. We have discussed some of them right here on the Little Peckers blog. Scientists are discovering that birds are far more intelligent than previously thought. Now new research has revealed that Goffins cockatoos possess the […]
Racing Pigeons and Doping If you heard that an Olympic athlete or a cyclist in the Tour de France had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs, then you probably wouldn’t be surprised. There have been so many doping scandals in sport that cheats are no longer headline news unless they are major stars. The potential […]
Avian Species are no Bird Brains After All Birds’ brains are structured differently to those of mammals. This has led many scientists to dismiss them as stupid. But new research has revealed that when it comes to brains, different does not necessarily mean inferior. A new book by Nathan Emery explains that there is now […]