It is estimated that an incredible 27 million pheasants are bred for shooting each year in the UK. Any animal lover would find this situation disturbing but a new report from Savills suggests that more than half of the birds die in vain as they are never eaten. Many of the birds are gunned down […]
The northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita) is a migratory bird which favours barren and rocky habitats, usually those close to running water. It is a non-wading member of the Ibis family and is notable for its un-feathered face and long red bill which is curved. It breeds in colonies on cliff ledges and mountainsides and […]
New analysis by BirdLife International indicates that eight further species of bird can be confirmed extinct or considered highly likely to be extinct. When you think about extinct birds it can be the dodo which first pops into your mind, but this bird’s demise was an historical event. Many species continue to become extinct and […]
Humans learn second languages to enable them to communicate with people of different nationalities. Understanding just a few words can prove to be really useful. It turns out that birds can also learn languages but in the avian world, this ability is used to avoid predators! Scientists have discovered that birds can learn to recognise […]
Litter is always an issue in public places and can ruin the ambiance of a theme park. Using cleaners to clear it away can also spoil the atmosphere of a carefully themed attraction. But one theme park in France has come up with a novel solution to the problem. Puy de Fou is a historical […]
What’s not to love about penguins? Surely one of the most endearing species on the planet, these flightless birds are always fascinating – and more interesting than you might think. Here are some amazing facts about penguins that just might see you running to the nearest zoo!
People have always had a difficult relationship with seagulls. The birds are persistent and daring in their search for food and this brings them into close contact with humans – very close contact! Gulls swooping to steal chips and ice cream are common sights and the birds are now hated by the residents and business […]
A first edition of John James Audubon’s famed The Birds of America has sold at Christie’s for $9.6 million and was purchased by an anonymous buyer. The book features more than 400 hand-coloured illustrations and over 1000 different birds. It is one of just 13 that is thought to remain in the hands of a […]
Have you ever wondered why birds don’t have teeth? Maybe you hadn’t thought about it! The study of ancient fossils has revealed that the ancestors of modern-day birds did have teeth. So where did they go? Scientists have long believed that birds evolved into toothless creatures to aid their powers of flight as the absence […]
We all have ambitions to work our way up the property ladder but a family of blackbirds in Penrtih, Cumbria have taken this concept rather literally! The birds have chosen a ladder as their home and have created one of the most surprising and incredible examples of nest building that you will ever see!