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20 photos of birds captured at the perfect moment

Andrea Pico Estrada is a nature and wildlife photographer living in Palm Harbour, Florida. She has been photographing birds for the past 11 years, and most of her photos are taken near Palm Harbour. Estrada manages to capture photos of Florida’s plentiful birds at exactly the right moment, making for […]
20 photos of birds captured at the perfect moment
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10 scary-looking animals that will give you nightmares

For every cuddly, loveable creature on this planet, there’s a scary-looking animal just waiting to haunt your nightmares. Star-nosed moles and aye-ayes are alarming to look at, though they’re not known to be harmful to humans. Golden-crowned flying foxes and shoebill storks are large, fear-inducing winged creatures that are quite […]
10 scary-looking animals that will give you nightmares
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Why American cities have so many pigeons

Pigeons are a staple of American cities, yet these birds are actually native to North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. Europeans brought pigeons to North America in the 1600s, likely as a source of food, and the birds then escaped. Pigeons can live on human leftovers. Plus, we feed […]
Why American cities have so many pigeons
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10 birds that came back from the brink of extinction

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) keeps a record of animals, fungi, and plants that are on the brink of extinction on their Red List of Threatened Species. There are more than 26,500 species that are threatened with extinction, including 14% of birds. Even though some species are […]
10 birds that came back from the brink of extinction
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10 terrifying birds that will give you nightmares

Birds can be beautiful and environmentally helpful but also dangerous and deadly. Hawks, owls, and other members of the raptor family are very protective of their young and sometimes can be violent. Some species of eagles can carry off large mammals – including antelopes. According to Johnny Cash’s autobiography, he […]
10 terrifying birds that will give you nightmares
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10 bird facts that sound fake but are true

Crows, ravens, and pigeons are all smarter than you may previously have thought – and scientists have proof. Chickens and ostriches are thought to be descendants of the Tyrannosaurus rex. The average man would need to eat around 285 pounds of meat per day if they had the metabolism of […]
10 bird facts that sound fake but are true
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These birds create amazing black ‘clouds’ in the sky

No… these aren’t storm clouds. They’re tiny songbirds known as starlings. Starlings flock together in thousands. Their shifting movements are called “murmurations.” How can they fly so close without bumping into each other? It’s a mysterious miracle! The mystery has fascinated scientists in many fields. Biologists, physicists, and engineers have […]
These birds create amazing black ‘clouds’ in the sky
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This giant sculpture recreates the movement of a flock of birds

VIDEO: This kinetic sculpture has been created to mimic the flight of a flock of birds. It is displayed in a sunlit atrium in Cambridge, Massachusetts and was designed by artist studio Soso Limited in partnership with Plebian Design and Hypersonic. The piece is made up of 400 elements which can independently open and close.
This giant sculpture recreates the movement of a flock of birds
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An engineer built the ultimate machine to fight squirrels on his bird feeder

VIDEO: When software engineer Kurt Grandis wanted to free his bird feeder from the 'hoard of squirrels' plaguing his backyard, he turned to his machine learning degree. By designing a program to watch for anything squirrel shaped, and installing a water gun on a rotating turret, he was able to create a machine that recognised squirrels and soaked them from afar.
An engineer built the ultimate machine to fight squirrels on his bird feeder
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This Is What A Bird Strike Can Do To A Plane’s Engine

A pilot on a Virgin America flight from San Francisco to New York this weekend declared an emergency during landing after two birds hit one of the engines on the Airbus plane. According to ABC 7, the pilot smelled smoke in the cockpit, and emergency crews met the plane on […]
This Is What A Bird Strike Can Do To A Plane’s Engine
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Cats Kill Billions Of Animals Each Year — But We’re Not Suggesting We Eliminate Them

[credit provider=”James Wragg/Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jameswragg/4688532009/”] A report published Tuesday in Nature Communications pinning the yearly death of up to 3.7 billion birds and as many as 20.7 billion mammals in the continental United States on domestic cats, has rattled pet owners and animal rights advocates, many of whom interpreted the study as a […]
Cats Kill Billions Of Animals Each Year — But We’re Not Suggesting We Eliminate Them
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Cats Are Killing Everything

[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/bendus/216825637/”] Humans think of cats as fuzzy and cute. Birds and small mammals have a vastly different perception.  Domestic cats kill between 1.4 and 3.7 billion birds and between 6.9 and 20.7 billion mammals (mostly mice, shrews, rabbits, squirrels and voles) each year, according to a new study […]
Cats Are Killing Everything
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Four Bald Eagles Were Senselessly Shot To Death

[credit provider=”King5.com” url=”http://www.king5.com/”] Four bald eagles, America’s national bird, were shot and killed last week in Washington state.Their bodies were found floating in a lake, The Seattle Times reports. 
Four Bald Eagles Were Senselessly Shot To Death
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See The Exotic Animals On Richard Branson’s Private Island

[credit provider=”Robert Libetti/ Business Insider”] Sir Richard Branson’s 74 acre private island in the British Virgin Islands, Necker Island, is known for its luxury accommodations, beautiful views and celebrity guests. But once you get there, there’s another element of the surroundings that quite literally jumps out at you: its exotic […]
See The Exotic Animals On Richard Branson’s Private Island
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Parrots Are Picky When It Comes To Music

[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3706880459/”] Parrots have musical tastes, with some preferring classical works and others pop tunes, scientists have found. But the creatures do not like dance music.They are known as great mimics, but now scientists have discovered that parrots also have varied musical tastes — and an intense dislike of […]
Parrots Are Picky When It Comes To Music
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Birds Are Using Cigarette Butts To Stave Off Pests

[credit provider=”mamagrrl via flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/mizchulita/4044185175/sizes/l/in/photostream/”] Birds are lining their nests with cigarette butts to repel pests and keep themselves warm, according to research.Wild birds have long protected their nests from mite invasion by importing chemical-emitting plants.
Birds Are Using Cigarette Butts To Stave Off Pests
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San Jose Airport Employees Can Now Shoot At Birds On The Runway

[credit provider=”Photo courtesy of Spaceport America” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/spaceportamerica/7497614916/in/set-72157630409103422/”] SAN JOSE — The holidays are hard on birds, at least those with plump, tasty bodies. But bird-kind can be hard on us too, and not just in Hitchcock films.For the jet-set, birds pose a deadly threat: Flying into an engine during takeoff […]
San Jose Airport Employees Can Now Shoot At Birds On The Runway
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Why Dinosaurs Had Wings

[credit provider=”ROYAL TYRRELL MUSEUM/JULIUS CSTONYI” url=”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/dinosaurs/9632894/Earliest-wings-were-merely-decorative.html”] The first feathers and wings in nature evolved for decoration rather than flying, according to a new study.Today’s birds inherit their wings and feathers from their dinosaur ancestors, which are thought to be the first animals to have grown them millions of years ago.
Why Dinosaurs Had Wings
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Meet 11 Species That Are Set To Take Over The Earth

[credit provider=”Wikimedia/CDC” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Aedes_Albopictus.jpg”] Invasive species are bad news. They compete with native critters for food, destroy local ecology and, in some cases, are even dangerous to humans.And thanks to the increasingly global nature of our world, there are more and more animals discovered where they don’t belong every year.
Meet 11 Species That Are Set To Take Over The Earth
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Beautiful Videos Let You Fly With The Eagles

[credit provider=”Discovery Channel” url=”http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/winged-planet/videos/a-bird-friendly-waterfall.htm”] TheBlaze has brought you a falcon’s flight perspective thanks to a specialised head cam.Taking the phrase a “birds-eye view” to the next level though, director John Downer spent four years filming with a variety of techniques and technologies for the new series “Winged Planet” by the […]
Beautiful Videos Let You Fly With The Eagles
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Dozens Of Birds Died After Flying Into A Car On The Autobahn

[credit provider=”Marilyn Jane / Creative Commons” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/marilynjane/4357665982/sizes/z/in/photostream/”] A car driving on the Austrian autobahn collided with a flock of starlings today, leaving as many as 100 of the birds dead, the AP reported.The birds descended suddenly from a powerline over the highway in the western part of the country and hit […]
Dozens Of Birds Died After Flying Into A Car On The Autobahn
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Here’s The Latest On The Flesh-Eating Seagulls Attacking Whales Near Argentina

[credit provider=” (AP Photo/Daniel Feldman)”] Off Argentina’s coast, the birds have trained themselves to swoop down on the endangered mammals to feast on their blubber when they surface for air.The waters off Argentina’s Chubut province have historically been a prime breeding spot for endangered Southern right whales. But now the […]
Here’s The Latest On The Flesh-Eating Seagulls Attacking Whales Near Argentina
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Look At The Insane Damage A Bird Did To A United Airlines Plane

[credit provider=”Screengrab from 7NEWS” url=”http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/31320050/detail.html”] A bird smacked into the nose of a United Airlines plane as the jet descended into Denver International Airport, reports Marshall Zelinger at ABC 7.And look at the terrifying damage that bird did!
Look At The Insane Damage A Bird Did To A United Airlines Plane
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New Strain Of Bird Flu Could Pose A Risk To Humans

[credit provider=”en.wikipedia.org” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Colorized_transmission_electron_micrograph_of_Avian_influenza_A_H5N1_viruses.jpg”] A new strain of bird flu found in a group of seals which died off the east coast of America last year could pose a threat to humans, experts have warned.The virus, which is very similar to a form of bird flu identified among North American birds […]
New Strain Of Bird Flu Could Pose A Risk To Humans
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$150K Worth Of Parrots Were Stolen From An Eldery Florida Couple

[credit provider=”Flickr / ABC” url=”http://abcnews.go.com/US/florida-parrots-worth-150000-stolen-backyard/story?id=16571284#.T9tsZJnC6Go”] A Florida couple’s retirement has flown the coop now that 300 parrots worth an estimated $150,000 have been stolen from their Fort Meyers backyard, reports ABC’s Alexis Shaw. Sandra Kortz said she was asleep when the burglary happened. Now she fears for the exotic birds’ health […]
$150K Worth Of Parrots Were Stolen From An Eldery Florida Couple
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Modern Birds Are Essentially Living Baby Dinosaurs

[credit provider=”Flickr/michaelpickard” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/pickard/35649217/”] Modern birds are essentially living dinosaurs with skulls that are remarkably similar to those of baby dinosaurs, according to a new Harvard study.The study — titled “Birds have paedomorphic dinosaur skulls” and published online in the journal Nature — found evidence that the origins and evolution of […]
Modern Birds Are Essentially Living Baby Dinosaurs
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Turkey Says This Bird Is An Israeli Spy

[credit provider=”Beyaz Gazete” url=”http://www.beyazgazete.com/video/anahaber/tvnet-75/2012/05/10/casus-kus-277070.html”] Turkish authorities claimed to have found the body of an Israeli spy in the country last week.That’s it to the right. Yes, it’s a bird.
Turkey Says This Bird Is An Israeli Spy
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No One Knows Why Thousands Of Dead Birds Washed Up On Peru’s Beaches This Month

[credit provider=”Peru Ministry of Health” url=”http://www.minsa.gob.pe/portada/prensa.asp”] Peru has declared a health alert on its northern beaches after at least 1,200 dead birds, mostly pelicans, washed up along the coastline in recent weeks, Reuters reports.While the government has not completely closed the beaches, the alert asks residents and tourists to stay […]
No One Knows Why Thousands Of Dead Birds Washed Up On Peru’s Beaches This Month
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Millions Of Birds Die Ever Year By Smashing Into These 1,000-Foot Towers

[credit provider=”David Yan on Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3566815198/”] TV and radio towers kill nearly 7 million birds every year in North America, according to a recent study. There are 84,000 communication towers on the continent, and those higher than 1,000 feet present the greatest danger, according to the study by Travis Longcore at University […]
Millions Of Birds Die Ever Year By Smashing Into These 1,000-Foot Towers
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