Why Birds Don’t Lose their Hearing


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Scientists have discovered that birds do not lose their hearing as they age. Whilst our hearing begins to deteriorate when sensory cells in our ears die off, barn owls can regenerate those cells. It is thought that all birds might possess the same ability. This finding could lead to new treatments for deafness in humans […]

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Birds and All That Jazz


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Researchers have discovered that some species of bird can sing off-beat and so produce songs which share the same features as jazz music. A team from the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt, Germany have looked at the “amplitude envelope” of the thrush nightingale’s song. This is the tune’s timing, duration and intensity and dictates the […]

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Ducks and the Ultimate Display of Male Pride


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Duck penises are a fascinating subject! There, we’ve said it! Most birds lack penises but male ducks boast long and spiralling phalluses. This strange form of genitalia has evolved as ducks have to engage in cat and mouse antics with females. The female birds possess reproductive tracts which defend them against sexually aggressive males. The […]

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Penguin Deliberately Target Jellyfish


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Scientific research has previously suggested that penguins accidentally consume jellyfish as they are low in calories. But a new study using penguin-cams has shown that the birds actually target these creatures deliberately. Jellyfish and the other gelatinous creatures in the ocean are not the most energy-rich snacks in the food chain. But penguins clearly love […]

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

How to Deal with Pesky Pigeons


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Pigeons are always a contentious issue. Whilst some people enjoy feeding the birds, others view them as flying rats. It is certainly the case that large populations of pigeons in urban areas can wreak havoc on the local architecture. Pigeons can also prove disruptive to businesses, particularly those selling food. Cafes are often besieged by […]

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Surprising New Evidence of Rare Bird Discovered


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It must be incredibly frustrating when you are sure that a species exists but you can never manage to catch a glimpse of it. That’s exactly the problem which has plagued scientists in Australia who have been searching for the illusive night parrot. This bird had been considered extinct until a naturalist managed to photograph […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Chicken Run – The Latest Chicken News!


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Apropos of nothing in particular, we thought we would bring you up to date with the latest chicken related news! You might be surprised to hear that any matters pertaining to poultry have hit the headlines but hens are currently big news. Perfect Pets Firstly, we should mention that more and more people are deciding […]

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Bountiful Berries in 2017


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In recent years, there has been a trend for berries appearing earlier on plants and hedgerows. Climate change is certainly behind the early fruiting but this year, a warm, dry spring followed by a wet summer has resulted in both early berries and bountiful berries. All of which has been great news for foragers and […]

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017