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  • An Unsolved Mystery: the Disappearance of Urban House Sparrows

    An Unsolved Mystery: the Disappearance of Urban House Sparrows0

    Walking through the centre of some European cities such as London, Amsterdam, Madrid or Prague, you may sense something is missing. If you have a quicker eye, you may have already realized that a specific bird is practically absent from the European skies1. The House Sparrow, a little brown bird, our winged neighbour par excellence

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  • City Birds Are Smarter Than Rural Birds

    City Birds Are Smarter Than Rural Birds0

    ‘Street Smart’ finches are generally more intelligent than their rural kin. Living in the city has its advantages, it seems. That is, if you happen to be a bird. A recently-published study, led by Jean-Nicolas Audet of McGill University, looked at the problem-solving skills of bullfinches that lived in an urban environment and compared them

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  • Animals With Language-Like Communication:  Avian Edition

    Animals With Language-Like Communication: Avian Edition0

    Australian Babblers can create new “words” by combining sounds. When studying the communication patterns of an adorable songbird that has “Babbler” in its name, one should almost expect interesting findings. The chestnut-crowned babbler, a.k.a. the “Australian Babbler”, is a highly social songbird that lives in Australia’s “arid zone”. As is typical of songbirds, this species formulates

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  • This Happens When You Set the Table for Vultures

    This Happens When You Set the Table for Vultures0

    If you’ve ever thrown a dinner party then you probably know this feeling you get just before the guests are due to arrive. Everything is ready and your house has never looked this clean before. The dinner table is filled with delicious food and bottles of wine, and the chairs are waiting to be occupied…

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  • Data Visualization: Every Living Bird on Earth

    Data Visualization: Every Living Bird on Earth0

    A Yale-led team recently released this exhaustively researched data visualization showing the nearly 10,000 species of living birds on Earth. The data shows changes in the rate of diversification among birds, with diversity increasing among more recent species. “It’s the first time that we have — for such a large group of species and with

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  • 5 Completely False ‘Facts’ Everyone Knows

    5 Completely False ‘Facts’ Everyone Knows0

    Distinguishing fact from fiction: here are 5 of the biggest errors that have developed as well-known facts: 1. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the World Truth: With a peak at 8,848 meters above sea level, Mount Everest may look like the tallest mountain in the world. But actually, it’s Mauna Kea on Hawaii

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