bird species

New bird species discovered in Peru


August 7th, 2012 - 2:39 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 7 (IANS) A colourful, fruit-eating bird with a black mask, pale belly and scarlet breast never encountered before has been discovered following an expedition to the remote Peruvian ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Bio-energy crops could be ruinous to wildlife


April 4th, 2012 - 1:08 pm ICT by IANS
Berlin, April 4 (IANS) Converting farmland to grow bio-energy crops could be ruinous to wildlife, says a study."The Skylark is an indicator species for agricultural areas because it occupies many ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Sparrows twittering louder to be heard


April 3rd, 2012 - 4:47 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 3 (IANS) Sparrows are twittering louder to be heard above the cacophony of car horns and engine rumbles in a cityscape, says a new study.Just as we raise ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Are house sparrows being driven away? (March 20 is World Sparrow Day)


March 19th, 2012 - 2:10 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) Sparrows are seen as a mascot for ecological conservation but birdwatchers are worried that adverse environmental factors such as shrinking habitat may be driving them ... Read more...

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Climate change alters bird migration patterns


February 27th, 2012 - 1:02 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 27 (IANS) Rising temperatures, triggered by climate change, are forcing birds to alter their migration patterns.The finding is based on data from eBird, a database containing 10 years' ... Read more...

Posted in World |

170 canaries seized from bus in Colombia


August 30th, 2011 - 11:36 am ICT by IANS
Bogota, Aug 30 (IANS/EFE) Colombian police have seized 170 canaries which are highly prized for their singing. The birds were being transported in boxes in a bus traveling along a ... Read more...

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Sensors help track bird calls to monitor climate change


July 26th, 2011 - 12:49 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, July 26 (IANS) Automated acoustic sensors are helping dramatically slash the time and cost of following bird calls to monitor the effects of climate change. Until recently, ecologists wanting ... Read more...

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BSF troopers caught felling trees in reserve forest


June 22nd, 2011 - 11:26 pm ICT by IANS
Shillong, June 22 (IANS) Six Border Security Force (BSF) troopers were caught red-handed while felling Sal trees inside a government reserve forest in the South Garo hills district of Meghalaya, ... Read more...

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Great Indian Bustard now ‘critically endangered’, only 250 left


June 7th, 2011 - 11:26 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, June 7 (IANS) The Great Indian Bustard, one of the largest species of birds, is on the brink of extinction with barely 250 alive, a top international conservation body ... Read more...

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Rajasthan to protect land near Keoladeo National Park


May 29th, 2011 - 7:35 pm ICT by IANS
Bharatpur, May 29 (IANS) The Rajasthan government plans to declare a half-a-kilometre area surrounding the famous Keoladeo National Park, also known as Ghana or Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, as an eco-sensitive ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Birds living in cities have larger brains


April 28th, 2011 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, April 28 (ANI): A new study has found that birds living in cities have larger brains while species with smaller brains are found almost exclusively in rural locations.Researchers at Sweden's ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Shimla to hold bird chase to log winged residents


April 23rd, 2011 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS
Shimla, April 23 (IANS) A band of ornithologists has entered unique race in this Himachal Pradesh resort town. They will chase birds in the wilderness, an event organiser said here ... Read more...

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‘Naked’ penguin chicks baffle experts with their feather-loss disorder


April 9th, 2011 - 4:35 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 9 (ANI): The appearance of "naked" penguin chicks, which have been afflicted with a feather-loss disorder, have left scientists puzzled as to what could be causing the condition.Researchers from the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Lover’s lane for birds discovered in Arctic


March 11th, 2011 - 6:43 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 11 (ANI): A new study has revealed the critical importance of Teshekpuk Lake region in Arctic, where tens of thousands of birds breed during the brief, but productive arctic summers.The ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Invasive plants can be good for eco-change


February 13th, 2011 - 4:23 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 13 (IANS) Contrary to prevailing belief, invasive plant species - introduced by humans - can also have positive ecological effects, new research has revealed. Tomás Carlo, assistant professor of ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Know the bird and count it too - at Pong wetlands


January 25th, 2011 - 12:36 pm ICT by IANS
By Vishal Gulati Shimla, Jan 25 (IANS) Can you tell a bar-headed goose from a spotbilled duck? Himachal Pradesh will soon launch a unique drive to promote bird watching and count the exact ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Mike Tyson Feels Ridiculous, Yet Loves The Pigeon


January 25th, 2011 - 12:33 pm ICT by Sampurn Wire
Did you know that the first time Mike Tyson gave sounding punch to a guy, it was due to a pigeon, at the age of ten? The man who’s been ... Read more...

Posted in Entertainment |

Birds sighted at Orissa sanctuary drop to only 45,610


December 27th, 2010 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS
Bhubaneswar, Dec 27 (IANS) Only 45,610 residential and migratory birds were spotted in Orissa's Bhitarkanika National Park this year, a sharp drop from the last two years, an official said Monday.According to ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Exposure to mercury pollution causes homosexuality in birds


December 1st, 2010 - 1:47 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 1 (ANI): A new study by US scientists has revealed that exposure to mercury pollution could be hitting some wild birds' reproductive prospects hard by causing males to pair with ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

In they fly, in thousands, keeping winter date with Kashmir (Letter from Kashmir)


November 7th, 2010 - 10:35 am ICT by IANS
By F. Ahmed Srinagar, Nov 7 (IANS) As mallards, pintails, pochards and thousands of other migratory birds fly in, filling up the sky and the picturesque locales of the valley with their winter ... Read more...

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Jairam Ramesh gives a call for public awareness on owls in country


November 2nd, 2010 - 8:58 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Nov.2 (ANI): Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh has given a call to launch a massive public awareness campaign to protect and save birds.Releasing TRAFFIC India's ... Read more...

Posted in National |

Flamingos apply natural make-up to look good and attract mates


October 26th, 2010 - 5:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 26 (ANI): A new study has revealed that flamingos apply natural make-up to their feathers to look good and attract mates.The study by the Juan Amat, from the Estacion Biologica ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Vultures use ‘face flushing’ for instant status updates


October 7th, 2010 - 1:48 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 7 (ANI): While humans use social networking sites to instantly update their 'status', vultures use 'face flushing' technique to do the same when interacting with peers and rivals, according to ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Hepatitis B virus may be over 19-mn-year-old, reveal songbird fossils


September 29th, 2010 - 3:03 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 29 (ANI): Biologists at The University of Texas at Arlington have found fragments of the modern Hepatitis B virus inside the genomes of songbirds such as the modern-day zebra finch. ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Birds use camouflage feathers to attract mates: Study


September 21st, 2010 - 2:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 21 (ANI): A new study has found that patterned feathers, apparently used for camouflage in birds, are also vital for attracting a mate and keeping away the rivals.University of Melbourne ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Prehistoric Chilean bird sets wingspan record at 17ft


September 16th, 2010 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 16 (ANI): At 17 feet, a prehistoric, bony-toothed bird from Chile has set the world wingspan record.The measurement is based on well preserved wing bones from the newly named ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Why bird flu didn’t become a pandemic


September 6th, 2010 - 1:34 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 6 (ANI): A new study has revealed that why irrespective of the 2005 outbreak of the H5N1 'bird flu' virus in South East Asia, it didn't' turn into a pandemic. ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Rise in number of threatened bird species in the country: Govt.


August 25th, 2010 - 7:54 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Aug. 25 (ANI): The Government on Wednesay said that an increasing trend in the number of threatened bird species has been observed in the country.Minister of State for Environment ... Read more...

Posted in Feature |

Snake charmer held for selling endangered cobras


July 18th, 2010 - 2:48 pm ICT by IANS
Morinda (Punjab), July 18 (IANS) A snake charmer was arrested from this Punjab town for selling endangered black cobras and bird species. He would sell the venom to representatives of pharmaceutical companies ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Parents who devote less time to offspring more prone to homosexuality


July 10th, 2010 - 3:48 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 10 (ANI): Birds that devote less time to their offspring engage in more same-sex behaviour, according to a new study.The results of the study offer a possible explanation for the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Brooding female birds respond to vivid male plumes


June 25th, 2010 - 4:38 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 25 (IANS) Male birds displaying gorgeous plumes seem to positively affect brooding females of the same species, improving offspring growth. Scientists made the discovery during a breeding experiment with Houbara ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Madagascar wetland bird Alaotra Grebe is now extinct


May 27th, 2010 - 9:09 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Madagascar, May 27 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Alaotra Grebe, a wetland bird has now been declared extinct. The bird lived in Madagascar, and it was a unique native to the island.The bird's ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Chemical remains of 150-mn-year-old ‘dino-bird’ isolated


May 11th, 2010 - 4:36 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 11 (IANS) A 150-million-year-old 'dino-bird' fossil, long thought to contain nothing but fossilised bone and rock, has been hiding remnants of the animal's original chemistry, according to a new research. The ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Male hummingbirds well maintain their territories to attract mates


April 8th, 2010 - 2:56 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 8 (ANI): While observing the behaviour of hummingbirds, a group of researchers discovered that males defend and maintain a territory with a high density of nectar-producing flowers to attract females.During ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Spring brings blossoms and nostalgia in Kashmir (Letter from Kashmir)


March 14th, 2010 - 12:15 pm ICT by IANS
By F. Ahmed Srinagar, March 14 (IANS) Spring brings memories flooding back in Kashmir, like it does the almond blossoms. In the heart of old Srinagar, Badamwari - the garden of almonds with ... Read more...

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