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 […]
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 […]
Nearly 3 billion birds have disappeared across North America since 1970 – a 29% decline. Two-thirds of the continent’s bird species are at risk of extinction due to climate change. According to a new study, seabird populations in Alaska experienced unprecedented die-offs following a marine heatwave five years ago. These […]
Mallard ducks use their own feathers to insulate their nests. Hummingbirds lay small, white eggs approximately the size of jelly beans. Swiftlets build nests out of their saliva on cave walls and cliff sides. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. There are as many as 18,000 species of birds in […]
Two days before millions of Americans were expected to feast on turkey, a flock of birds is theorised to have been responsible for the White House lockdown in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday. The North American Aerospace Defence Command, the US and Canada’s first responder to an […]
A pigeon has been pinching poppies to build a red nest. According to The Canberra Times, the pigeon pilfered the poppies at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra ahead of Remembrance Day. However, the poppies were piled under a stained glass window – probably not the best place to hide. […]
Police discovered 245 animals in a home while performing a wellness check on three minors in in Edgewater, Florida. In total, there were four dogs, two cats, nine live guinea pigs, 12 rabbits, four hamsters, 10 sugar gliders, 14 birds, a gecko, a tortoise, a hedgehog, seven bearded dragons, a […]
Nearly 3 billion birds have disappeared across the US and Canada since 1970. A new study found that there has been a 29% decline in bird populations over the last 48 years. The scientists point to agriculture practices, pesticides, and habitat loss as the primary culprits for these declines. The […]
A pigeon sold for a record-breaking $US1.9 million in China in November 2020, making it the most that a racing pigeon has ever been sold for. Messenger pigeons were used across ancient Egypt and Rome, and their high value isn’t new. In 2018, two men tried to win the prize […]
Paleontologists have identified a fossil of the world’s largest parrot, which weighed 15 pounds and stood 3 feet high, in New Zealand. They nicknamed it “Squawkzilla.” The 19-million-year-old mega-parrot had a curved beak, which it may have used to hunt and eat other parrots (in addition to its typical diet […]
We are not prepared for the next pandemic flu virus. If a pandemic virus were unleashed today, it could kill 30 million people in one year. Scientists have discovered a flu hotspot on the New Jersey shore, where flu-carrying birds from far and wide congregate each spring to eat horseshoe […]
An orange bird that was brought into a wildlife hospital in England was actually a seagull covered in curry. The bird was spotted along a road in Haddenham in Buckinghamshire, England, and brought to Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital by members of the public. It remains unclear how the gull got itself […]
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 […]
A Marine Corps F-35B suffered serious damages after a bird strike in Japan, according to Marine Corps Times. The initial assessment indicated that this was a Class A mishap, meaning it involved at least $US2 million in damages. Birds have claimed the lives of dozens of US service members, and […]
Jamaica Hills, a Boston neighbourhood, is overrun with, of all things, wild turkeys, Boston CBS Local reported. The birds are causing a problem for locals, who fear the animals. Some say they cannot even leave their homes with children for fear of the birds. Gobble gobble. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for […]
Bird’s nest soup is a delicacy in Asia made from the dissolved nests of swiftlets, a small bird native to Southeast Asia. A bowl of bird’s nest soup can cost more than $US100 at some restaurants, due to growing demand and a limited number of wild birds. The soup is […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
To combat the threat to US military aircraft posed by birds and other wildlife, Ellsworth Air Force Base has installed bird cannons. Four years ago, a US military helicopter crashed in the UK, killing all four crew members. The cause: a flock of geese. Birds and wildlife pose a deadly […]
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 […]
Peregrine falcons target prey the same way that missiles hit moving targets, according to a new study by Oxford University researchers. The birds use quick adjustments to maintain the same angle as they close in on a target. The same technique could be used by drones to hunt down other […]
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ONE of the scarier videos on YouTube (ow.ly/sBIOq) was recorded by the nose-cone camera of a fighter jet as it was taking off. Just after the plane leaves the runway a large bird comes hurtling towards it and vanishes into the aircraft’s engine. The pilot spends an agonising 30 seconds […]
The deadly shooting of three snowy owls at JFK International Airport in New York earlier this month has sparked a lawsuit by an animal rights group, which claims that two government agencies failed to try non-lethal methods to remove the birds from the area. Connecticut-based advocacy organisation Friends of Animals […]
Bird strikes are a serious threat to aviation, on the ground as well as in the air, since flying animals can damage engines and other plane parts. Radars that detect airborne animals have been around for a while, but it was only this month that a U.S. airport installed a […]
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 […]
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If you’re travelling with your pet falcon and don’t want to put it in the cargo hold, Etihad Airways can accommodate you. But if you want to bring two falcons into the cabin, you’ll need to buy a first class ticket. The airline does not specify why it allows the […]
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[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 […]
[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 […]
[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.
In the video below, a falcon is purportedly flying at 70 mph as it chases what appears to be some feathers attached to a fishing rod that the driver sticks out the window.
[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 […]
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/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 […]
[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.
[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 […]
[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.
[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.
[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 […]
[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 […]
[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 […]
[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!
[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 […]
There is always talk about the potential of an outbreak of bird flu in humans, but a new study in the journal Science says the risk of a pandemic is a “serious threat.”
[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 […]
[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 […]
[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.
[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 […]
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/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 […]
Parrots are funny creatures and the one in the video below, which has been passed around today, is no exception.
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