London Zoo and Bird Flu


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London Zoo Closes Bird Exhibits To Protect Against Avian Flu London Zoo has closed its walk-through bird enclosures, including that of the much loved penguins, to ensure that the birds do not contract a virulent strain of avian flu. The free-flying bird displays have also been cancelled and the zoo’s chickens have been moved inside.

Saturday, December 24th, 2016

The Wild Parrots of San Francisco


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The Wild Parrots of San Francisco Visitors to San Francisco will be expecting to see the famous seals which hang about adjacent to fisherman’s wharf. They probably don’t anticipate stumbling across wild parrots in the heart of the city. But there is a flock of cherry-headed conjures in San Francisco and the birds have been […]

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Parrot YouTube Stars


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Amazing Parrots Their ability to talk makes parrots an endless source of fascination, not to mention hilarity. But parrots can mimic almost anything, not just human speech and they can be trained to produce their impressions on demand. Here are some parrots who have demonstrated their talents in front of the camera.

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

New Case of Bird Flu


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Bird flu Confirmed at Lincolnshire Turkey Farm Bird flu has been confirmed at a turkey farm in Lincolnshire and strenuous efforts are being made to confine the outbreak. The government has been able to confirm that a number of birds at the poultry farm near Tetney have tested positive for the H5N8 strain of the […]

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Micro Plastics and Sea Birds


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How Human Garbage is Killing Seabirds The Midway Atoll is one of the largest protected areas for wildlife on the planet. This remote area is home to only 40 people and so should represent a haven for the seabirds which call it home. At first sight that is exactly what it is. But many birds […]

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Mining Effects on Wild Birds


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Thousands of Geese Killed by Contaminated Water Human activity often has a negative impact on wildlife. Despite huge efforts to protect the birds, thousands of snow geese have recently been killed after landing on contaminated water in Butte, Montana.

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Aeroplanes Inspired By Birds


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Birds Could Help Engineers to Build Better Aeroplanes When birds fly, their wings generate circular currents of air called vortices. The precise behaviour of these vortices can tell scientists a great deal about how birds use their wings in flight. But until recently it hasn’t been possible to study them. This is because the perfect […]

Friday, December 9th, 2016

UNESCO and Protecting Resting Grounds


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Migratory Wild Birds Risk Losing Important Resting Grounds Thousands of British wild birds have been fitted with small metal rings so their migration routes can be tracked. Many of these birds have been discovered in the Doñana National Park, Spain. This is a magnificent wilderness area which provides an important resting ground for birds on […]

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

New Zealand’s Mischievous Parrots


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How Parrots in New Zealand Literally Stop the Traffic Workers in New Zealand were completely baffled recently when traffic cones kept moving on a busy road. The cones were being placed in the middle of the road and so were obstructing the traffic. This seemed to be a rather annoying prank on the part of […]

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016