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Bird Removed From Chinese Zoo For Screaming Obscenities

The next time you, or someone you know, is having trouble with a temperamental bird just be glad the little feathered bugger isn’t screaming out a bunch of obscenities! A zoo in Hubei, China got a big surprise when their Myna bird started screaming obscenities, which it had picked up from one of the zoo’s guests [...]

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sleeping Patterns of Hummingbirds

There are some topics you probably never thought you’d be interested in, including the nocturnal habits of hummingbirds. But there exists a YouTube video that is so fascinating (read: adorable), it begs exploration of this topic. In the video, a green female hummingbird slumbers, and with every one of its tiny breaths, the bird lets [...]

Western Blue Jays Hold a Funeral for Dead Bird

Humans are not the only animal that mourn their dead, but this is quite surprising: when a Western Scrub Jay bird encounters a dead bird, it will call out to others to stop foraging [...]

Falcon Helmet Cam Video Makes You Feel Like You’re Flying

Falconers in Abu Dhabi have created a mini helmet cam for their falcons, so they can (almost) see through the eyes of the bird as it takes to the air, soaring free and hunting prey. You can see a video recorded with this amazingly tiny helmet cam at the link below, it’s really amazing to watch [...]

Dead birds rain from sky over New Jersey

Dozens of dead birds littered the streets this week after plummeting from the New Jersey skies. The incident is similar to other accounts of dead bird…

Does Wedding Rice Really Make Birds Explode?

Getty Images Throwing rice at a newly married couple has been a tradition for thousands of years, possibly going back as far as the ancient Assyrians and Egyptians. The idea is to give the newlyweds good luck, fertility, and abundance using this symbol of a good crop. More recently, wedding meddlers have cautioned against throwing rice [...]

How Do Baby Birds Breathe Inside Their Eggs?

David De Lossy/Thinkstock You might not realize it while you’re frying them sunny side up on a Sunday morning, but chicken eggs (and those of other birds, and reptiles) are some pretty sophisticated pieces of packaging. Hard-shelled bird eggs contain albumen, or “egg white,” and a yolk. The fertilized egg cell, or embryo, develops within the yolk [...]

Tree House Fits the Neighborhood Style Perfectly

We’ve previously featured Benjamin Verdonck’s stay inside a human-sized bird nest on the side of a skyscraper in Rotterdam. More recently, he built this tree house in Ghent. Other than one minor difference, you could hardly tell that it’s a new addition to the neighborhood. Link (Google Translate) | Video | Artist’s Website

Colors and Personalities of Gouldian Finches

Scientists studying the Gouldian finches of Australia discovered that the bird’s colorful head actually correspond to their personalities: Scientists from Liverpool John Moores University and The Royal Veterinary College investigated the "highly sociable" Australian [...]

Naked Vermont Governor Almost Eaten by Bears

As you might expect, Gov. Peter Shumlin was naked: “Real Vermont boys don’t wear pajamas,” he said — meaning he was naked. He told WDEV radio host Mark Johnson he was wearing as much as the bears were. He saw four bears looting his bird feeders. Naturally, he ran outside to challenge them. They backed off, and [...]