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The song of birds can be soothing and inspiring, but birds sing for more than just the beauty of it. Birds use song, call notes and behavior to communicate with each other. Birds use sound and action to scare off predators or warn other birds about danger, to attract a mate or to defend one’s...

Birds are admired for their beauty, songs, and the grace of their ability to fly and most importantly birds are admired for the role they play in the ecosystem. Yes, birds contribute to the environment directly and indirectly. This is often called “Ecosystem Services”. Many ecologically important plants require pollination by birds, and some birds...

For many years, scientists have known of how the red or yellow colour of feathers is achieved. These colours come from pigments in food the birds eat, meaning that they are diet based. One of the challenges in avian colour has been to figure out how the #blue colour is achieved. Interestingly, it came to...

Having an understanding of what birds eat is important when it comes to having an overall idea of their preferred diets. Every bird has a different dietary preference, and if the preferences are known for different birds then this can be used to your advantage when birding or searching for birds in the wild. Thank...

Seabirds have made numerous adaptations to living on and feeding in the sea. Species such as the wandering albatross, which forage over huge areas of sea, have a reduced capacity for powered flight and are dependent on a type of gliding called dynamic soaring as well as slope soaring. Seabirds also almost always have webbed...

Bird watching has become an  exciting hobby that anyone can take part in. Some people doing it casually, while others are confirmed birders who plan expeditions to far off places on the chance of seeing a particular type of bird. Learning about different birds from different parts of the world is a never-ending pursuit. Thank...

Most passerines are smaller than typical members of other avian orders. The heaviest and altogether largest passerines are the Thick-billed Raven and the larger races of Common Raven. The foot of a passerine has three toes directed forward and one toe directed backward, called anisodactyl arrangement. This arrangement has evolved in a way that enables...

Terrestrial birds are type of birds that are generally found on the ground, not only foraging but also nesting and roosting on the ground or very low bushes. For most terrestrial birds that do fly, they generally stay low above the ground or close to cover when flying. Their way of flying is usually short,...

The term waterbird is used to refer to birds that live on or around water. Waterbirds are well adapted to their aquatic lives. They have feet functioning as paddles, and their feathers are made to be waterproof and air tight. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme WaterBirds,...

Colors play an important role in our lives and different reactions are shown to different bird colors. All over the world, we see birds with most colourful and incredible plumage. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of birds with the theme ColourfulBirds, your pictures can create awareness about the variety and beauty...

Bird watching has become an  exciting hobby that anyone can take part in. Some people doing it casually, while others are confirmed birders who plan expeditions to far off places on the chance of seeing a particular type of bird. Learning about different birds from different parts of the world is a never-ending pursuit. Thank...

Spring has begun in the Northern Hemisphere which means that birds are in their breeding plumage and flowers are beginning to bloom. In the Southern Hemisphere autumn is underway and some bird species will begin migrating to warmer areas. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of  birds in flowers and leaves, your...

Many bird species worldwide have been able to adapt to changing environments and habitats, thriving close to human settlements, many other species however have not been able to adapt. Those unable to adapt are negatively affected by habitat loss and fragmentation, loss of food resources, and changing environmental conditions. Thank you to all the photographers...

In the Northern Hemisphere spring is underway and migratory species will be returning to warmer climates to begin breeding in areas where there is more food available. Thank you to all the photographers that submitted photos of migratory birds, your pictures can create awareness about the variety of birds that migrate. Here we present the...