Bird Watch

Please watch this 7-minute documentary on the Cape Parrot Project produced for global distribution by German television. How can we imagine a world without magnificent creatures like South Africa’s Cape parrot? Are we doing enough to protect our natural heritage? What can each of us do to turn this around? Why are we in this...

All the very best this holiday season from the Wild Bird Trust team! Just six weeks ago, we had just over 700,000 followers on the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page. Today we have 841,795 likes on the page! The Wild Bird Revolution is accelerating towards our goal of 1 million Wild Bird Enthusiasts by the end...

Click here to Vote for CAPE PARROT as South Africa’s favourite bird! The green-and gold Cape Parrot is our national parrot and are only found here, yet most South Africans do not even know they exists. Our Cape Parrot is Africa’s most Endangered parrot species with around 1,000 Cape Parrots remaining in the wild. Their fate is forever linked to...

With over 700,000 followers on the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page, the Wild Bird Revolution is accelerating towards our goal of 1 million Wild Bird Enthusiasts by the end of the year… We need your help to achieve this world-changing effort to celebrate the freedom and beauty of birds in the wild. Share your favorite...

When a bird hits turbulence while flying, it can’t turn on the “fasten seatbelt” sign. Instead, new research shows that it tucks its wings to stabilize its flight. Scientists were studying the flight of a captive Eurasian steppe eagle (Aquila nipalensis) when they noticed a curious behavior. While soaring, the bird would often briefly fold its wings...

Magnus Lidén is a plant systematist who has taught in India as guest faculty at Rajiv Gandhi University. During a trip to a local market, he was told an interesting tale about hornbill hats and decided to look into the matter. What follows is his account of the evolution of local traditions for conservation. By Magnus Lidén...

Firethroats, kingfishers, openbills, nightjars, stilts, leafbirds, roadrunners, mangos, laughthrushes, and rubythroats are featured in this 72nd edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week”! With almost 600,000 followers on the Wild Bird Trust Facebook page, the Wild Bird Revolution is accelerating towards our goal of 1 million Wild Bird Enthusiasts by the end...

This week I met Sirocco the kākāpō, spokesbird for New Zealand conservation. The kākāpō are an emblematic species for New Zealand conservation, and typifying island conservation. The species displays all the hallmarks of island adaptation – flightlessness and gigantism, and on top of that being nocturnal and lek breeding. This certainly makes the species bizarre...

By Steve Zack An appreciation of vultures is in the eye of the beholder. William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition certainly appreciated them; Charles Darwin certainly did not. Clark carefully described in his journal of 1806 the “butifull buzzard of the Columbia” that we now know as the California Condor. Darwin, in 1832,...

Wilderness. By definition it is an uncultivated, inhospitable region, uninhabited by man. A place without artificiality. A place free of the constructs of our societies. It is where the prophets of some of mankind’s great religions were said to go for understanding. It is a place where every step has a consequence, and everything is in balance....

Watch a video detailing how the famous snowy owl got new feathers earlier this year.   A snowy owl injured during its big-city adventure to Washington, D.C., this past winter has died. It survived camera-toting fans and a run-in with a bus in the nation’s capital, only to be found dead by the side of...

As National Geographic this week presents a special series on the plight of threatened bird species around the world, Winged Warnings, we highlight some of our most recent and best videos about species facing extinction. With fewer than 800 adult Cape parrots left in the wild, National Geographic grantee Steve Boyes is doing his part...

Hummingbirds feel the sweet lure of nectar, but they taste it in the most unexpected of ways. This group of feathered friends doesn’t have a sweet taste receptor, which means they shouldn’t be able to taste sweet at all. But a new study published Thursday in Science reveals that hummingbirds have repurposed their umami receptor (which...

From matchmaking to setting the right mood, it takes a lot of effort to get endangered species in captivity to breed. Sometimes animals can’t be left to let nature take its course, so people intervene.  Artificial insemination—taking sperm from a male and placing it into the reproductive system of a female—is one such tool in...

Heading into the seventh month of a year-round citizen science program on American Prairie Reserve, I’m able to witness the hidden treasures of the ecosystem in ways I’d never imagined. Thanks to volunteers from around the world, we’re able to capture, document and share what’s happening at a level of detail that we can’t do...