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Rare bird thought extinct now declared alive


September 28th, 2011 - 1:43 pm ICT by IANS
Wellington, Sep 28 (IANS) A rare sea bird that was thought to have become extinct has now been declared alive after DNA work by New Zealand scientists.Tests of ancient and ... Read more...

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Male peacock’s tail plumage and eyespots attract females for mating


April 28th, 2011 - 2:20 pm ICT by ANI
Researchers Roz Dakin and Robert Montgomerie have discovered that natural variation in the number of eyespots on a male peacock's tail does not impact its mating success. However, peacocks whose tails are ... Read more...

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Chernobyl radiation reduced population of birds with orange plumage: Study


April 27th, 2011 - 12:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 27 (ANI): The population of birds with an orange plumage was reduced as they suffered radiation effects from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, according to a study.Ismael Galvan, a researcher ... Read more...

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Starving hens to hasten molting is now an offence


March 11th, 2011 - 6:41 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, March 11 (IANS) In India, millions of hens are starved to speed up molting - a natural process of feather loss and re-growth that can take several months - ... Read more...

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Male bustards’ success is measured by their ‘beards’


February 9th, 2011 - 5:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 9 (ANI): For the first time, a study has shown that the 'beards' and the design of the neck are 'reliable' indicators of the weight and age of the great ... Read more...

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UK exhibition to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about wild sex


January 30th, 2011 - 4:30 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 30 (ANI): An exhibition at the Natural History Museum here will provide curious public an opportunity to explore the diversity of methods used for sex and reproduction in the natural ... Read more...

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Ancient Giant Penguin Fossil Unearthed


October 1st, 2010 - 10:19 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work
October 1, 2010(Pen Men at Work): the fossil of a giant prehistoric penguin has been discovered recently. Scientists who analyzed the fossil have revealed certain startling facts about the prehistoric bird. ... Read more...

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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...

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Britain outsources poppy wreaths from China


July 18th, 2010 - 9:06 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 18 (IANS) Many artificial poppy wreaths, including those used by British royal family on the annual Remembrance Day to commemorate war veterans, are outsourced from China, a media report said ... Read more...

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Brit royal wreaths becoming more Chinese than British


July 18th, 2010 - 3:39 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jul 18 (ANI): Prince Charles has been asked to intervene after it was revealed that parts of the Prince of Wales's wreath have been made in China as part of drastic ... Read more...

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Flying dinosaurs ‘had more elaborate mating rituals than peacocks’


June 29th, 2010 - 4:52 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 29 (ANI): Flying dinosaurs in the prehistoric era had more elaborate mating displays than modern-day peacocks, according to scientists.In a new study on pterosaurs and pelycosaurs- the fin-backed ancestors of ... Read more...

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Sexy birds are poor fliers


June 17th, 2010 - 4:29 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 17 (ANI): Birds with the brightest feathers may look stunningly attractive and sexy but they go on to become poor fliers, according to a new study.Males with the brightest plumage ... Read more...

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Color palette of 150-mln yr old feathered dino shows vibrant hues


February 5th, 2010 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 5 (ANI): In a new research, scientists have for the first time uncovered the vibrant color palette of a feathered dinosaur, which dates back to 150 million years.The research, conducted ... Read more...

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Male great tits with flashy boobs produce stronger sperm


January 21st, 2010 - 5:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 21 (ANI): In the world of great tits, males with brighter breasts have more resilient sperm, a new study says.The first of its kind study found that birds' 'bling-bling' ... Read more...

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New warbler bird species discovered in Vietnam


December 21st, 2009 - 3:13 pm ICT by ANI
London, December 21 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a new species of warbler in the forests of Vietnam and Laos.The small green and yellow bird was first sighted in 1994, but at ... Read more...

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Tiny birds have more complex songs than big birds


November 24th, 2009 - 12:56 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Nov 24 (ANI): While big birds are very loud, they are not as creative and intricate as their petite feathered friends when it comes to singing, according to a new research.A ... Read more...

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Feathered fossils found in China confirm that birds evolved from dinosaurs


September 25th, 2009 - 3:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, September 25 (ANI): Chinese scientists have said that the discovery of five remarkable new fossils of feathered dinosaurs in rock formations in northeastern China, has confirmed that birds evolved from dinosaurs.According ... Read more...

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World’s smallest parrot filmed in wild for first time


September 8th, 2009 - 1:07 pm ICT by ANI
London, September 8 (ANI): The world's smallest parrot, which is not much bigger than an adult person's thumb, has been filmed in the wild for the first time.According to a report by ... Read more...

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Scientists ‘reconstruct’ giant extinct moa bird using ancient DNA


July 3rd, 2009 - 3:17 pm ICT by ANI
Adelaide, July 3 (ANI): Scientists have performed the first DNA-based reconstruction of the giant extinct moa bird, using prehistoric feathers recovered from caves and rock shelters in New Zealand.Researchers from the University ... Read more...

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Darwin’s belief that animals don’t pick their mates by pure chance is correct, says expert


June 16th, 2009 - 12:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 16 (ANI): About 150 years after Charles Darwin wrote defined 'mate selection' among animals as a deliberate process involving numerous factors, a Texas A&M University biologist has lent support to ... Read more...

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Peacock gang launches attack on Brit village cars!


June 26th, 2008 - 7:53 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 26 (ANI): A group of peacocks has become a hazard for Lincolnshire villagers after the birds started attacking their cars.When Percy the peacock first strutted into the village, residents ... Read more...

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Finland opens oil treatment centre for birds


May 6th, 2008 - 8:59 pm ICT by admin
RIA Novosti Stockholm, May 6 (RIA Novosti) The world's first mobile treatment unit for birds affected by oil spills opened in south Finland Tuesday, the country's environment ministry said. The treatment unit, set ... Read more...

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Little sea bird uses facial feathers to sense its surroundings in the dark


March 15th, 2008 - 3:17 pm ICT by admin
London, March 15 (ANI): A pair of biologists at Memorial University in St Johns, Canada, has shown that facial feathers are more than just a decoration for a little seabird, which ... Read more...

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Dino-era feathers might hold key to how dinosaurs gave rise to birds


March 12th, 2008 - 1:35 pm ICT by admin
Washington, March 12 (ANI): Scientists have found seven dino-era feathers preserved in amber in western France, which could fill a key gap in the puzzle of how dinosaurs gave rise to birds.According ... Read more...

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Fickle females choose ideal mate depending on changing fashions


January 25th, 2008 - 9:15 pm ICT by admin
London, Jan 25 (ANI): A new study on a group of female songbirds has shed new light on the female prerogative to change her mind when choosing mates.Scientists studying the mating habits ... Read more...

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