Loading page

Why Did The Turkey Stop Being Sacred?

Centuries ago, Americans didn’t eat turkeys — they revered them. But around the mid-1000s, Puebloan peoples of the American Southwest started roasting the sacred bird. What happened?

Shrikes Are Even Meaner Than We Suspected

Shrikes are nondescript and ubiquitous birds that have made a name for themselves as the leatherfaces of the animal kingdom. They don’t just eat their prey, they impale it on spikes and display is as part of their courtship ritual. That’s nasty enough, but they have one other trick up their sleeves.

What Happens When An Aeroplane Hits A Bird

Video: Poor birdie. If you ever wondered what would happen if an aeroplane and a bird hit each other head on, here it is. It doesn’t end up exactly how you think it would. Well, it kind of does as in the bird loses but it is a little surprising in how high and straight the bird bounces in the air after hitting the nose of the jet. Poor birdie.

Slow Motion Video Reveals The Rapid-Fire Dance Of Courting Songbirds

For the first time ever, scientists have documented the elaborate tap dancing courtship displays of cordon-bleu songbirds. Invisible to the naked eye, these birds execute their rapid-fire steps in as little as 20 milliseconds.

Meet The World's Most Amiable Vampire: The Hood Mockingbird

This unassuming bird manages to form cooperative social groups in a bleak environment — but there is one small catch.

Fossil With Preserved Tail Feathers And Skin Reveals Dinosaur Plumage Patterns

An undergraduate student from the University of Alberta has uncovered the fossilised remains of an Ornithomimus dinosaur with preserved tail feathers and soft tissue. The remarkable specimen is offering important insights into the plumage patterns of these ancient creatures, while tightening the linkages between dinosaurs and birds.

Watch Adorable Peregrine Falcon Chicks Via Charles Sturt Uni's Live Stream

It’s not every day you get the chance to watch peregrine falcons up close, unless you live in an aviary full of them. For those of us that reside in actual people habitats, the FalconCam Project run by Charles Sturt University, which provides live feeds of a peregrine nest, is as good as it gets.

A 125-Million-Year-Old Fossil Indicates Birds Lived (And Flew) Like This

Birds have been around for a good 150 million years, but they likely looked very different from the birds we see today. Some paleontologists have wondered if early birds were even able to fly. A newly discovered fossil clears that up.

Video Shows What It Looks Like When Vultures Attack A Carcass In Nature

Here’s a really unique view of what it would be like to be a dead animal in the life cycle of nature. National Geographic dropped off a wildebeest carcass in the Serengeti in Africa and recorded exactly what it looks like to see bugs swarm and vultures fight each other to eat what’s leftover of the carcass.

Loading page