Hawfinch Invasion Hits Britain


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The UK’s largest finch, the hawfinch has a massive, powerful bill. Shy and so infrequently seen, the hawfinch has become an even rarer sight in recent years. Numbers have proved difficult to determine, however, as hawfinches generally keep themselves to themselves. Finches Usually Restricted to England Hawfinches have been mostly restricted to England in the […]

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Why are Parrots Green?


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The colour of many birds’ plumage is derived from the foods they eat but parrots aren’t like most birds. A recently published study has identified the gene encoding the enzyme which creates yellow pigment in budgerigars. This is important because yellow plus blue makes green plumage. When the yellow gene is switched off, budgies’ plumage […]

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Darwin Proved Right – Again!


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It was none other than Charles Darwin who first suggested that birds use their wings to communicate as well to fly. 150 years later, scientific research appears to have proved him right. Darwin was fascinated by avian communication. In “The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex” he described both the sounds that […]

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

The Dutch Chickens Producing Carbon Neutral Eggs


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Battery chickens produce very cheap eggs but at the birds endure a miserable life. Free-range eggs tend be more expensive for the consumer but the hens enjoy a better life. However, this method of farming still negatively impacts the environment. The birds are often fed on expensive imported corn which could be fed to people. […]

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

Falcon Conservation Threatens Racing Pigeons


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Conservation efforts have led to a boost in the UK population of peregrine falcons. The birds of prey are being encouraged to nest on church roofs. Norwich, Salisbury and Derby cathedrals have all installed nesting boxes for the falcons. But many pigeon fanciers are unhappy with the increasing number of the birds in urban areas. […]

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Bird Strikes at Flagship Apple Store


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The opening of a new Apple store is often big news. The latest flagship store, which has been opened on Michigan Avenue in Chicago has proved to be no exception. People have certainly been flocking to the store to try out the latest tablets and smartphones. Unfortunately, the stunning contemporary architecture is not very bird-friendly. […]

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017