birds

Watch A Woodpecker Bang Its Beak And Head Against A Tree In Slow Motion

Video: Man, that’s got to flatten out some brain cells. Slow-motion footage from a Turkish TV program The Glory of Nature found on Reddit shows a woodpecker repeatedly drilling its beak into a tree. You can see the head of the bird jiggle and the shock of the hit reverberate throughout its entire body. But it just keeps going! These little guys are badass head bangers.


Look How Amazingly Still A Hummingbird's Body Is When It Flies

Video: Here’s a video of hummingbirds flying in slow motion. It’s really cool to see how different the speed of its wings move versus the stillness of its body. It’s like the video is in fast forward when you’re staring at the wings but completely stopped when you just see the body. I’ll never not be impressed by hummingbirds, they fly like how I imagine little robots to fly.


How Bird Poop Changed The Design Of Southern California's Power Grid

Ever since humans started building tall things, birds have been pooping on them, including high-voltage power lines. In the 1920s, Southern California power grid was beset by streams and streams of bird poop.


This Handy Web-Based Tool Is Like Facial Recognition For Birds

There are many interesting biological questions a biology degree doesn’t necessarily equip you to answer. For instance, as a bio major at one of the world’s top ornithology research universities, I managed to skate by without learning diddly squat about birds.


3D-Printed Eggs Can Even Fool Wild Birds Into Thinking They're Real

Maybe you’re familiar with the arsehole behaviour of cowbirds. Known as “brood parasites”, cowbirds lay eggs in another bird’s nest and trick the host bird into raising cowbird offspring at the expense of her own. Like I said, arseholes. But birds can learn to recognise imposter eggs. That’s where 3D printing comes in.


What Happens When A Flock Of Birds Hits An Aeroplane Head On

You should have seen the other guy, said the plane. The plane, a Boeing 738 operated by Turkish Airlines, was landing at Nev┼čehir-Capadoccia airport when it got its nose punched in by a flock of birds. The birds, judging from the marks and cracks and colour of said punched in plane nose, presumably suffered a worse fate.


How Bird Poop Helps Populate A New Volcanic Island With Life

In 2013, a new island was born off the coast of Japan. While some of these islands formed by volcanic eruptions are only temporary, Nii-jima (“new neighbour” in Japanese) kept growing, eventually consuming the nearby island of Nishino-shima as well. Now the entire landmass is coated in fresh lava just waiting for new lifeforms to arrive.


Newly Discovered Terror Bird Sheds Light On A Fearsome Clan

It may not have been the largest terror bird on the block, but still, an encounter with Llallawavis scagliai was no laughing matter. To add to the fearsome sight of its bone crushing beak, scientists now suspect this terror bird let out exceptionally low-pitched cries when it encountered prey.


Spectacular Video Shows Birds Suddenly Flying Away From A Power Line

What a fascinating view. I don’t pretend to know what triggers a bird’s decision to take flight or what makes an entire flock want to take off all at once, but man is it cool to see. This video shows three recordings of starlings taking off from a power line: in real time, at half speed and at 300 frames per second.


Colour Isn't Always About Sex, Study Finds

When it comes to birds, males — with their bright feathers, extra accessories, and impressive mating displays — tend to get all the attention. But colour isn’t just about attracting a mate. For many birds, such as the Choco Toucan pictured above, brilliant plumage has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with survival.