New Bird of Paradise Discovery


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Edwin Scholes and Tim Laman suspected that there may be some genetic variations among a particular species know as the superb bird-of-paradise, when they noticed a difference in bird calls. At the time this was supported by the finding of genetic variance in superb bird of paradise museum specimens. After many years of research the suspicion […]

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Love hormone Found to Make Birds More Generous!


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Mesotocin is a love hormone similar to oxytocin which is found in humans. Scientists have been keen to discover if this hormone would change avian behaviour and so conducted a study to find out. Dr Juan Duque, a neuroscientist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln led a new study which looked at the effects of the […]

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Why South-Facing Bird Houses are a Bad Idea


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It can be difficult to choose the best site for your bird house, especially if you don’t happen to be an ornithologist. There are many factors to consider including the threat from predators and the danger of birds flying into the windows of your home. Now, new research has revealed that the direction in which […]

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

Why African Birds Can Be Slow to Fly the Nest


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It isn’t only human twenty-somethings which can be slow to leave the family home. New research has shown that some birds are equally tardy in seeking an independent life. Like young people who prefer to maintain their comfortable lifestyle at their parent’s home, the birds stick around longer than they really need to. With young […]

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Gulls Attack Shoppers in Scotland


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Seagulls have frequently proved themselves to be incredibly tenacious in their search for food. They have certainly learnt to link humans with an easy snack or meal and in many areas, they have become a serious menace. We previously highlighted a few incidents of gulls swooping down to pinch ice creams and snacks from unsuspecting […]

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Man Kills Heron to Rescue Duckling


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  North Wales Police have reported a very curious incident! An elderly man killed a heron in order to rescue a baby duckling from its stomach! It would appear that the gentlemen wasn’t wholly in tune with the ways of the natural world! Ducklings are incredibly cute and so nobody wants to see them gobbled […]

Friday, April 20th, 2018