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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 Nevşehir-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.


Eagle Flies Above Dubai From The Burj Khalifa And Nails Target Landing

Video: Watch as an eagle takes off from the Burj Khalifa and flies high up above Dubai in this incredible video that shows you the stunning view from the eagle’s point of view. It’s fun to see it calibrate itself at 800m in the air and then recognise its landing target and take an immediate dive toward its trainer.


This Robotic Bird Can Swoop And Dive (Kinda) Like The Real Thing

Robotic birds are notoriously difficult to make, because the complex motion required brings mechanical weight penalties that are difficult to balance with the modest thrust of the flapping wings. But this new avian bot uses lightweight 3D-printed parts to reduce weight and turn it into an acrobat.


This Video Is The Most Stunning Starling Murmuration I've Ever Seen

Video: If you like starling murmurations you’ll get a mental orgasm with this stunning video filmed by Alpacamedia in Utretch, Netherlands. Just sit back, take it to full screen, hit play, and the rest of the world will fade away while you watch thousands of birds dance to a mysterious silent song.


A Cargo Of Birds Weighs Nothing When They Take Flight, And Then Double

If you’re driving a truck full of birds, can you bang the truck and lighten your load as the birds launch into the air? Mythbusters concluded “no” when they tackled this question several years ago — but that’s because they didn’t have equipment as high-tech as these Stanford engineers’. The real answer, it appears, is a bit more complicated.