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How Birds Learn to Identify Threats

How Birds Learn to Identify Threats

— Mobbing adults provide more than just protection for young birds.
The Black-capped Chickadee Can Swap Old Brain Cells for New Ones

The Black-capped Chickadee Can Swap Old Brain Cells for New Ones

— Could this explain the bird's remarkable memory?
The Great Gray Owl Probably Has Bigger Eyes Than You

The Great Gray Owl Probably Has Bigger Eyes Than You

— But having such huge peepers comes with pros and cons.
The Ring-necked Pheasant Has Seen Serious Habitat Loss

The Ring-necked Pheasant Has Seen Serious Habitat Loss

— The introduced birds thrived in North America until relatively recently, but there's hope for a comeback.
Listen to Every Pitch Change in a Pacific Wren Call

Listen to Every Pitch Change in a Pacific Wren Call

— A blur of sound becomes a remarkably complex song when slowed down.
You've Likely Hosted More Nesting Robins Than You Think

You've Likely Hosted More Nesting Robins Than You Think

— Due to a high mortality rate, these yard regulars often take on new partners.
Listen for Woodpeckers Making Their Winter Homes This Fall

Listen for Woodpeckers Making Their Winter Homes This Fall

— Instead of migrating, some species chisel out snug roosting cavities to keep warm during the colder months.
Which Bird Is the Fastest Runner?

Which Bird Is the Fastest Runner?

— Find out how an emu, a roadrunner, and an ostrich would place in a race against each other—and a pair of Olympic sprinters.
How Baby Owls Nap Without Falling From Their Trees

How Baby Owls Nap Without Falling From Their Trees

— It's all about that toe strength.
Where Do Ospreys Go in the Winter?

Where Do Ospreys Go in the Winter?

— While southern birds are often year-round residents, tracking data for one northern Osprey shows how extensive their migratory travels can be.