Tag Archives: Birds

The frog and the gecko: why tropical species are at greater climate risk

Predictions indicate that the Madagascar frog Mantella aurantiaca is likely to experience a dramatic decline by 2070. Frank Vassen/Wikimedia, CC BY Nicolas Dubos, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN) The effects of climate change – extreme heat waves, wildfires of unprecedented magnitude and devastating floods – have now been occurring for several decades, and the COP26 climate agreement reached in Glasgow …

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As far as the moon and back, twice: here’s a look at the most extraordinary journeys migrating birds make

Around 40% of the world’s birds migrate. Kranich17/Pixabay Jeremy Smith, University of South Wales Every year, millions of birds criss-cross the planet, soaring above our heads in search of food, warmth and mates. From pole to pole, here are some of the most remarkable journeys made by our feathered friends. So-called “summer migrants”, like the common cuckoo, are bird species …

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Birds use massive magnetic maps to migrate – and some could cover the whole world

muratart/Shutterstock Richard Holland, Bangor University and Dmitry Kishkinev, Keele University Every year, billions of songbirds migrate thousands of miles between Europe and Africa – and then repeat that same journey again, year after year, to nest in exactly the same place that they chose on their first great journey. The remarkable navigational precision displayed by these tiny birds – as …

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Our helicopter rescue may seem a lot of effort for a plain little bird, but it was worth it

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John Harrison/WIkimedia Rohan Clarke, Monash University; Katherine Selwood, University of Melbourne, and Rowan Mott, Monash University This article is part of Flora, Fauna, Fire, a special project by The Conversation that tracks the recovery of Australia’s native plants and animals after last summer’s bushfire tragedy. Explore the project here and read more articles here. As we stepped out of a …

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Fossil tracks reveal which birds once roamed South Africa’s Cape south coast

These fossil trackways resemble the tracks left by flamingos today, but are bigger. Just above the scale bar one can see (more faintly) the ‘tramline traces’ made by the ancient birds’ stomping action. Charles Helm

These fossil trackways resemble the tracks left by flamingos today, but are bigger. Just above the scale bar one can see (more faintly) the ‘tramline traces’ made by the ancient birds’ stomping action. Charles Helm Charles Helm, Nelson Mandela University If you visit a particular stretch of South Africa’s Cape South coast, about 400km east of Cape Town, you are …

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