Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry · Evolutionary biologist/ornithologist & science writer/journalist. Writes for Forbes, Evolution Institute & BirdNote radio. Formerly: Guardian. Always: Ravenclaw
A newly published study suggests that prehistoric indigenous people were the first aviculturists in North America, and their passion for their parrots may even have driven the development of their complex society Have We Found The First Parrot Breeders In North America?
Birds perceive colors in categories just like humans do: a recent study shows that zebra finches perceive red or orange, even when reality is a shade somewhere in between Songbirds Perceive Color Like People Do, about an elegant study by a team @DukeU, published by @nature
Globally, birds are critically important for providing humans with valuable economic and ecosystem services by consuming billions of harmful crop-eating insects Insectivorous Birds Annually Consume As Much Energy As Does New York City, by a team @UniBasel_en, @UUtah & University of Illinois at Chicago, via The Science of Nature journal / @SpringerNature #birds #ornithology #food #forests #farming #climatechange
In an unusual role reversal, one tiny invasive insect is controlling the species composition and architecture of a large community of forest birds along the East Coast of the United States
In this story shared by a customer of mine who we have groomed a beautiful and sweet African grey parrot (CAG) for years and we would talk gently to the bird
Parrots use the same molecules to create magenta, red, orange and yellow plumage, but these molecules create different colors based on how they are physically arranged inside the feather structure
Why Don't Birds Have Teeth? Modern birds have very short incubation times compared to dinosaurs, and this evolutionary innovation gave them an advantage over dinosaurs -- but it came at the expense of teeth
A new analysis shows that panda conservation provides great value for local people, culture and the environment, generating 20 times more money than the cost to conserve and maintain the cuddly bears Pandanomics: Giant Panda Conservation Is Worth Billions Every Year, Study Shows
Conflicts between human parents and their children over when to leave the nest are not unique: bird parents also struggle with their children over this same issue How Do Young Birds Know When To Leave The Nest? about a paper by a group from @UMontana, published by @ScienceAdvances / @AAAS #birds #ornithology #evolution #ecology
Nine of Africa’s 13 largest and oldest baobabs have suddenly collapsed and died, likely due to climate change, say scientists who study these ancient and iconic trees
A new species of shrimp found in Indonesia has been named after LoTR’s Bilbo Baggins because it’s very small, it lives in a round house, and it has extremely hairy feet!
Natural selection shapes behavior as well as morphology -- but it can have different effects in males & females! faboo study from @Harvard @UCDavis @Mizzou & @UniversityOfRI via @ScienceMagazine