Searching for Magnetoreceptors in Birds

Searching for Magnetoreceptors in Birds

April 24, 2012 by  
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The theory that navigational skills in some birds may be influenced by iron particles in their beaks reacting to the magnetic field of the earth, has recently been refuted by scientists at Vienna’s Institute of Molecular Pathology.

Mites and Chickens

August 30, 2011 by  
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Most people do not realize chickens can contract mites. However, this is actually a pretty common problem with our outdoor bird friends. It is generally noticed with feathers falling out, itching, and even bald patches, accompanied by nervousness and staring off into space. Later comes nerve damage; a white, scaly crest; and death.

Six Foreign Species Fall under Endangered Species Act

August 16, 2011 by  
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Many bird species across the world have been placed under protection, as the importance of conserving them has become necessary. Due to their declining numbers, ornithologist have been submitting requests for at least seventy species to be noted in the Endangered Species Act since the 1980s. These species were submitted from all over the world, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed that most of these bird species submitted would come under the Endangered Species Act. Now six foreign bird species have been entered onto this database.

Pigeons Can Recognize Human Faces

July 5, 2011 by  
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It seems that years of sharing space with humans and being forced to adapt to changes in city lifestyles, has taught pigeons a few tricks that are quite remarkable to say the least. They might seem to most people just ordinary birds, but on taking a closer look pigeons are actually highly intelligent and are able to differentiate between humans, not by the clothes they wear, as they have learnt that clothing changes, but by facial recognition, which is extremely remarkable.

Possible Insights into the Evolution of Flight

June 28, 2011 by  
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A study run by the University of Montana might just be able to bring clarity to the evolution of flight, as Brandon Jackson and his team conducted research into bird flight. Their findings have recently been published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. The art of flap-running by birds is the major factor discussed in the study, showing that this method could have been used by once flightless birds, and is still used by birds today to enable them to propel themselves forward. Jackson wanted to know why.

LAPC Young Bird Show 2010

August 24, 2010 by  
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The LAPC Young Bird Show is considered to be one of the most anticipated birding events on the West Coast calendar, and this year promises to be an even bigger event. With the Los Angeles Pigeon Club as the hosts of the show, visitors will be able to enjoy an entertaining show, and view some [...]

P-T

May 15, 2009 by  
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Bird Species P-T Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) Purple Gallinule (Porphyrula martinica) Purple Martin (Progne subis) Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus) Purple Gallinule (Porphyrula martinica) Purple Martin (Progne subis) Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) [...]

Garden Birds

February 9, 2009 by  
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Garden birds come in large varieties and knowing a bit more about them will make watching them that much more interesting. To identify garden birds in your area use a region specific garden bird guide. For example if you are living in Britain, use a British bird field guide. The most common garden birds you [...]

Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)

February 9, 2009 by  
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Also known as the Rock Dove or Domestic Pigeon, the Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) is a fairly common sight in urban areas around the world. Some places – such as Trafalgar Square in London or Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester – are famous for their large pigeon populations. The Rock Pigeon has a restricted natural range [...]

Birds Have Chemical Compass to Aid Navigation

May 6, 2008 by  
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For decades scientists have been puzzling over an intriguing wildlife mystery: how is it that birds navigate? Each year thousands of these feathered creatures make massive journeys halfway around the globe – yet exactly how they find their way to their destinations each year just boggles the mind.

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