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Study: Prehistoric birds could fly high
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Analysis of an exceptionally well-preserved bird wing fossil suggests at least some ancient bird species were capable of the kinds of aerial maneuvers modern flyers perform. In other words, prehistoric birds could ascend to considerable heights, and …

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Animal Courtship: Two Blue-Capped Cordon Bleu Birds Sing, Dance, And Leap For …
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The blue-capped cordon bleu bird, a type of finch from Africa, courts more amusingly. The male bird tap dances at a very fast pace. To the human eyes, it looks like he is jumping. In between his performance, he leaps and sings. The choosy female finch …

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10 Everyday Items That Are Toxic to Birds
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Birds can be like toddlers: They both like to check things out by putting them in their mouths. Just like children, when pet birds are out unsupervised, this habit of tasting things can get them into trouble. As an avian veterinarian, I treat birds …

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After the Oregon standoff, wildlife refuge is again for the birds
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The day four final holdouts ended the armed occupation of a remote wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon, a new occupation was just beginning. According to two decades' worth of federal data, Feb. 11 is, on average, the earliest date that migrating tundra …

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LIFE AT BOOMER LAKE: Summer birds give way to fall
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This should be a fabulous fall for observing birds, and I have noticed that The Northern Reaches is loaded with plenty of them. A little more exploration in that area has yielded several areas that I wish to keep in mind for assorted sightings of our …

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Who Dats and Dirty Birds gather outside Superdome: photo gallery
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The Who Dats of New Orleans and the Dirty Birds of Atlanta mix and mingle outside the stadium before the game between the Falcons and Saints at the Superdome on Thursday evening, October 15, 2015. Comments …

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LIFE AT BOOMER LAKE: Great Blue Heron holds fast among newcomer birds
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Last weekend had us set up with a couple of very cool early mornings, but the payoff was tremendous with the showing of birds. There were a couple of very large flocks of Double-crested Cormorants, some Blue- and Green-winged Teals, a good-sized group …

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These 5-cent bands help save the birds you love
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Metal bands like these recovered by waterfowl hunters help scientists understand migratory bird patterns, life expectancy and survival rates. The band on the left was recovered from a mallard in the fall of 2011 in Manitoba. The middle band was …

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Marcia Davis: Hungry birds exhibited unusual behavior
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Tennessee bird-watchers get excited about pipits mainly because they seldom have an opportunity to see these uncommon migrants and winter residents. American pipits nest in the harsh Arctic tundra and above the tree line in western U.S. mountains. Drab …

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Nobody Wins The War Between Birds and Planes
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Encounters like this, officially termed “bird strikes,” are on the rise–but they were already fairly frequent. Last year, in the U.S. alone, a record 13,668 bird strikes were reported to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)–a few dozen a day, up …

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