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Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins

Birds can fly, sing, and, er, detect the Earth’s magnetic field behind their eyes, according to a recent paper published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Eggheads have long suggested birds use some sort of internal compass to sense the Earth’s magnetic field, as they navigate their way on long migrations, often …
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Boffins: Jurassic avians were more like Angry birds than modern ones

Bone-bothering boffins say that early birds were actually fairly rubbish at flying, so much so that they couldn't get airborne unless they jumped off from a high point or otherwise gained a helping push. Artist's impression of the Archaeoteryx lithographica in flight The Archaeopteryx in glide. Credit: Carl Buell “ …
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Forty Canadian birds BONKING against windows EVERY MINUTE

Shocking news from Canada over the weekend, as researchers there say that the country is in the grip of an astonishing outbreak of birds bonking against its windows. "The thud of a bird hitting a window is something many Canadian home owners experience," begins an excellent press release from Alberta uni, alerting the world to …
Lewis Page, 18 Sep 2012
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Hitchhiking snails scoffed, pooped out alive by birds

Scientists have discovered that certain species of Japanese snail can not only survive being eaten and then excreted by birds, they actually benefit from the process in many cases by finding themselves deposited in new uncropped habitats. The revelations were uncovered by scientifically feeding Japanese white-eye or mejiro …
Lewis Page, 11 Jul 2011
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Surrey voted tops for tits in birdwatching poll

Surrey is the best place in England to spot tits in gardens, a survey has revealed. The British Trust for Ornithology's Garden Birdwatch showed that a greater percentage of leafy Surrey's gardens were visited by Blue Tits and Great Tits than any other country. Householders in the stockbroker belt taking a peek into their back …
Joe Fay, 5 May 2011
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Massive online database of bird calls unveiled

Twitchers among the Reg readership – and there must be a few of you, it's a hobby based on obsessive knowledge of minutiae and enhanced by gadgets – take heed. A massive online database of bird calls has been made available free online for your listening enjoyment. Professor Pamela Rasmussen. Credit: MSU Are you looking at …
Lewis Page, 8 Dec 2010
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Sellafield gull cull mulled

Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant is considering a cull of gulls which could have come into contact with contaminated waste. A spokeswoman for Sellafield told the Beeb: "Contamination is particularly evident within the historic facilities such as open fuel storage ponds, which gulls can access, although there are a number …
John Oates, 25 Feb 2010
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'Fat birds get laid sooner, have more one-night stands'

German boffins have carried out a groundbreaking study into the habits of fat birds as compared to thin ones. They say that the plumper subjects in their sample had more one-night stands than the slim ones, and that the chubbies in general achieved sexual congress sooner than their lightweight counterparts. According to a …
Lewis Page, 18 Feb 2010
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Attack of the Killer Tits

Reports are coming in of a previously unknown, deadly threat to sleepy Hungarian bats: that of being killed by tits. The shock news comes courtesy of Germany's Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, where boffins have been working with "colleagues in a cave in Hungary". Needless to say, we speak here not of any scenario …
Lewis Page, 28 Sep 2009
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Aussie birds 'desperate to copulate with brainy males'

Top-level boffins, having carried out extensive surreptitious surveillance of Australian females copulating with their chosen sexual companions, have stated that most down-under birds in their test group would prefer a brainy partner. The Aussie birds in question are not the distaff human populace, but rather a group of " …
Lewis Page, 24 Aug 2009
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Amazon goes on Shelfari is buying Shelfari – that is, according to the Seattle social networking start-up, but for now the online retail giant is keeping mum about the deal. Shelfari is a community and review site for books, or rather book readers. Co-founder and CEO Josh Hug cheerily announced the agreement in a blog post yesterday in …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Aug 2008
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Bird flu confirmed in Wales

Bird flu has been confirmed at a farm in Wales, but it is not the virulent and potentially-fatal-for-humans strain H5N1, but another, called H7N2. There is now a 1km exclusion zone around the farm. According to a BBC report, the owners of the farm bought 15 Rhode Island Red chickens two weeks ago. The first chicken became ill …
Lucy Sherriff, 24 May 2007
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Enormous vulture menaces home counties

One of the world's largest birds, a Ruppell's Griffin Vulture called Emmy, is on the loose in Bedfordshire after escaping from the English School of Falconry on Wednesday. The vulturine female, which "got spooked" during a show, has a wingspan of more than three metres. The biggest specimens of Wandering Albatross, the world's …

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