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Quiet winter riversides may still be full of birds
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In the summer, the air around California's Central Valley rivers and streams is lively with birds flapping and chirping. Although these riparian areas go quiet in the winter, it's not true that the birds are gone. It turns out that while many birds …

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Australia plan to protect 'long-haul' birds
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"There is a growing need to reduce the threats to their habitat," he said, adding that this was critical for the birds' continued survival. Australia's coastal and freshwater wetlands are a resting and feeding zone for the migratory shorebirds—with …

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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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Demi Lovato Reveals Involvement With 'The Angry Birds Movie'
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This past Friday (April 2), producer John Cohen announced that Charli XCX will be voicing one of the birds named Willow, and earlier it was shared that Blake Shelton is also voicing one of the pigs in the animated film based on the mobile app video game.

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Guest Post: How do birds see the world?
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How do birds fly around objects without crashing into them? Their object perception must be similar to ours, despite having a dramatically different brain and separate evolutionary history. Birds and mammals share a last common ancestor roughly 275 …

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Beer and biking event is for the birds
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Arlene KoziolBlue herons, a familiar bird on Wisconsin's waterways, is one of the many species that people can see during Saturday's Birds, Bikes & Brews. The Madison Audubon Society event is a fundraiser, but primarily a way to get people interested …

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Modern Birds Took Flight 95 Million Years Ago
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Modern birds — from the soaring eagle to the tiny hummingbird — share a common ancestor that lived about 95 million years ago in South America, a new study finds. That feathery common ancestor laid the groundwork for its innumerable descendants.

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