Scientists Observe Freaky Parrot Ritual, Call It Contagious Laughter

Birds are incredible, beautiful creatures from afar. They have lots of colours, they have beaks, they can fly, and all that other neat birdy stuff. Up close, they are horrible, smelly dinosaurs with sharp claws who squawk and could attack at any moment. Read More >>

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Why Scientists Think This Silly Bird Can’t Stop Looking at Its Reflection

We all like to admire ourselves in the mirror from time to time, but there’s a bird in Australia that seems to have developed a rather unhealthy fixation, gazing upon its reflection for hours on end while seemingly oblivious to its surroundings. It’s pretty funny, but should we be worried about this fine feathered fellow? Read More >>

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Why Are These Turkeys Doing This?

If you’re interested in attending a Thanksgiving seance, one Twitter user has filmed the creepiest bird video you’ll see today: a gang of turkeys circling clockwise around a seemingly dead cat. Read More >>

Someone Brought a Bird Army on a Flight – And Nobody Seemed to Mind

Reddit can feel like a cesspool of hate most days, but occasionally, it turns up some internet gems. Today, for example, a user posted a bonkers photo of a posse of large, intimidating-looking birds chilling on an airplane. Read More >>

Flying Cretaceous Monster Ate Dinosaurs For Breakfast

It’s been said that the pterosaur, which can only be described as a bird-reptile-dinosaur-esque-thing, was the largest flying animal. This giant beast—which roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous period roughly 66.5 million years ago—was a reptile but not actually a dinosaur. Despite being winged, it wasn’t bird, either. The pterosaur basically looked like a platypus on bath salts. Read More >>

Researchers Make an Obvious Discovery For Improving Drones

Even the most manoeuvrable aircraft we’ve designed is no match for the agility of a bird. Mother Nature has all but perfected flight, so why are we wasting our time re-inventing the wheel? As researchers at Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne realised, we should just be copying our fine feathered friends. Read More >>

Scientists Make Parrots Wear Goggles and Fly Through Lasers for Fun or Learning or Something

Researchers trying to find out more about how birds fly so we might one day be able to make better drones or flying suits so we can all fly about like Superman claim to have made a breakthrough, thanks to making a little parrot fly through a field of lasers. And they put a lickle wickle set of goggles on it so it looked all cute. Read More >>

Scientists Shoot Lasers at Bird in Goggles to Unravel the Mysteries of Flight

Even when unlocking the very secrets of the universe, one must always put safety first. That’s why researchers at Stanford University 3D-printed a pair of tiny safety goggles before teaching a parrot to fly through lasers. Read More >>

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Watch How High These Crazy Birds Have to Jump to Get Laid

The next time you get rejected, thank your lucky stars you’re not a male widowbird, the poor creature who has to jump really high for a long time just to get a little bit of attention and, if all goes according to plan, some action. Read More >>

Feathers on This 130-Million-Year-Old Fossil Still Contain Traces of Colour

An exquisitely preserved fossil found in China still contains the original biological compounds that gave a 130-million-year-old bird its shading and colour. The find extends the timeframe in which scientists thought these substances can be preserved. Read More >>

Seabird Crap Could Help Save the Arctic

Seabird poo: great for ruining your picnic at the beach, and according to new research, good for keeping the Arctic cool. But if the birds want to stop their summertime home from melting away, they’re going to have to start taking laxatives. Read More >>

This Amazing Little Bird Can Fly for Nearly a Year Straight

Bird lovers, let’s hear it for the little guy. Researchers have just discovered evidence that common swifts (a small type of bird) can spend 10 continuous months per year in the air without landing—a world record for sustained flight in nature. Read More >>

Solar Power Plant Can’t Figure Out How to Stop Frying Birds

Each year, around 6,000 birds are incinerated after chasing bugs within the Ivanpah concentrated solar thermal plant in the California Mojave Desert. Officials at the facility are enacting all sorts of measures to prevent this ongoing avian massacre — but it’s not clear if anything’s working. Read More >>

Smart Seagull Tricks Dumb Man Into Giving It Free Food By Beating the Shell Game

It may look like the seagull is playing along with the man hiding the food under three cups in an attempt to trick the bird, but know this: seagulls are motherfuckers who don’t care about you or silly games. It is not playing along. It is in complete control. Read More >>

You’re Not So Special — Even Crows Use Tools

Scientists observing wild crows have seen them do something amazing. Or at least something a bit clever for a bird. They've been spotted taking sticks and shaping them into tools to get worms out of bits of wood. The crows, not the scientists. The scientists probably brought a packed lunch. Read More >>