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New bird of paradise confirmed in New Guinea

These bird feathers have some of the darkest black pigments in the world. In order to attract a partner, they turn over part of their back feathers, which are called their cloak, and dance in semicircles. Photograph by Tim Laman It's hard to find a bigger bird than the great Bird of Paradise. [19659004] Men have an elaborate courtship ritual, …

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PETA to golfer beating bird: "Not the bird's fault"

On Friday, PGA Tour professional Kelly Kraft had a bizarre, nasty break that led him to miss RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, South Carolina's Harbor Town Golf Course Kelly hit what he did tee off on the par 3 14th hole, which hit a bird in the middle of the flight before it fell into the water in front of …

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For bird researchers a breakthrough in the pursuit of migration

Researchers have a new way to track sparrows, dark-eyed Juncos and other birds flying over the Laurel Highlands. Some species eventually pass through Canada, others in other parts of the US, or in other countries in winter south to the warmer skies of Latin America. Traditionally, researchers who wanted to track bird migration have attached a detection tape to a …

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Migratory birds rely on the magnetic compass in their eye

Have you ever wondered how birds know how to fly south for the winter and then return to the north every summer? Navigation is based on different senses: many birds use a sun compass, others rely on visual landmarks and olfactory cues Some trust magnetoreception – the ability to detect a magnetic field to sense direction, altitude or position. (Unfortunately, …

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