Birds in the News

Landslide Triggered by New Zealand Earthquake Crushes Rare Seabird Colony

Landslide Triggered by New Zealand Earthquake Crushes Rare Seabird Colony

— The 7.8-magnitude earthquake last week might have killed up to a quarter of the world's Hutton's Shearwaters.
The Common Swift Is No Longer the Fastest-Flying Animal

The Common Swift Is No Longer the Fastest-Flying Animal

— And here's a surprise: It wasn't even dethroned by another bird.
Was an Owl the Real Culprit in the Peterson Murder Mystery?

Was an Owl the Real Culprit in the Peterson Murder Mystery?

— A grisly whodunit may rest on the oddest criminal defense theory in recent history. We asked the experts if it’s possible.
The Saga of 16-11, a Star-Crossed Whooping Crane Now in Mating Rehab

The Saga of 16-11, a Star-Crossed Whooping Crane Now in Mating Rehab

— This fall, an endangered Whooping Crane that produced a hybrid chick with a Sandhill Crane had to be removed from the wild. This is his story.
Yes! More Australian Night Parrots Have Been Discovered

Yes! More Australian Night Parrots Have Been Discovered

— The nocturnal bird is so rare that it was once thought to be extinct. This recent discovery gives its struggling population a big boost.
Should the Whooping Crane Shooter's Fine Have Been Higher?

Should the Whooping Crane Shooter's Fine Have Been Higher?

— The Texas man who killed two of the endangered birds will pay $25,810—one-fifth the cost of raising a single Whooping Crane to adulthood.
The Misadventures of Canuck, the World's Most Infamous Crow

The Misadventures of Canuck, the World's Most Infamous Crow

— The Canadian corvid is a social media star, entertaining and educating people through his various mischievous deeds.
A Bald Eagle Is Somehow Fine After Getting Stuck in a Moving Car's Grille

A Bald Eagle Is Somehow Fine After Getting Stuck in a Moving Car's Grille

— The bird, nicknamed Matthew, miraculously escaped with no major injuries and should be released back into the Florida wild soon.
Disappearing Ice Means New Ways of Life for Arctic Birds

Disappearing Ice Means New Ways of Life for Arctic Birds

— Arctic seabirds are adapting as climate change brings warmer weather, shifting food sources, and a polar bear invasion.
Obama Announces the Atlantic's First Marine Monument, Protecting a Vital Underwater Ecosystem

Obama Announces the Atlantic's First Marine Monument, Protecting a Vital Underwater Ecosystem

— Located off the coast of Cape Cod, the area will be called the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument and is home to a variety of oceanic wildlife, including overwintering Atlantic Puffins.