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VOX: Why peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth

Cheetahs are fast, but the peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on Earth. Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals and it’s no wonder, their bodies are built for speed. While cheetahs can run up to 70 mph on land, peregrine falcons can dive at speed of over 200 mph. That’s faster than a 100 mph …

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BBC: Planet Earth II: Widowbirds bounce for attention

Comical widowbirds are made for an entertaining spectacle with their mating dance; using trimmed grass stems to create a stage (or “bachelor pad”, as Attenborough calls it), the birds perform aerobatic leaps to impress the ladies.  

Nature video: Rare crow shows a talent for tool use

For decades the New Caledonian crow has taken the crown of top corvid tool-user. Now experiments on the rare Hawaiian crow, or Alala, suggest that they too could be natural tool-users.  

ESA: Ascend – the wildlife management solution for airports

Ascend is a satellite-based wildlife monitoring tool for airports. Developed by Ascend XYZ in Denmark under ESA’s ARTES Applications programme, the service uses free images and data from Earth observation satellites combined with smart software.  

BBC: Sirocco the flightless parrot and his human brother | New Zealand: Earth’s Mythical Islands

Kakapo Ranger Errol Nye gives a true insight into life with a fine feathered celebrity. A unique bond and special friendship has developed from an incredible conservation movement. The first factor in the decline of the kakapo was the arrival of humans on New Zealand. In the 1880s, large numbers of mustelids (stoats, ferrets and …

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Smithsonian Channel: How the Fastest Animal on Earth Attacks Its Prey

The Peregrine falcon is not your average avian predator. When hunting, this remarkable bird will fly to great heights, then dive bomb its prey abruptly at speeds of up to 242 mph..  

American Museum of Natural History: Transformation: Dinosaurs to Birds

This spellbinding animation from the Museum’s new exhibition “Dinosaurs Among Us” traces the evolutionary transition from dinosaurs to birds.  

BBC: Africa | Shoebill Chick Reveals Darkside

The rivalry between two shoebill chicks becomes apparent when their mother leaves to fetch water.  

Australian National University: Tiny birds cry wolf to scare predators

One of Australia’s smallest birds has found a cunning way to protect its nest from predators by crying wolf, or rather hawk, and mimicking the warning calls of other birds. Researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) found that the tiny brown thornbill mimics the hawk warning call of a variety of birds to scare …

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BBC: Life Story | The Bowerbird’s Grand Performance!

The Bowerbird puts on a show to impress the female but will it be good enough? Taken from Life Story.  

American Museum of Natural History: Surveying Tropical Birds in Vanuatu

In November 2014, Brian Smith led a Constantine S. Niarchos Expedition to Vanuatu to study bird species of this island nation. Smith, an assistant curator in the Museum’s Department of Ornithology, was joined by colleagues Michael Andersen and William Mauck III. The Constantine S. Niarchos Expedition featured here was generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos …

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Vanderbilt University: Realistic aerodynamic simulation reveals how hummingbirds hover

The most detailed aerodynamic simulation of hummingbird flight conducted to date demonstrates that it achieves its aerobatic abilities through a unique set of aerodynamic forces more closely aligned to those found in flying insects than in other birds. The simulation was produced by Vanderbilt engineers working with a biologist from the University of North Carolina …

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AMNH: Science Bulletins | Egg Patterns Identify Intruders

When cuckoos lay eggs in other birds’ nests, they produce eggs similar in color and pattern to the hosts’ own. With the help of a new computer program, scientists analyze egg patterns to see how certain details could help host birds detect an imposter.  

The world’s most brazenly hidden bird — the common potoo

The incredible common potoo isn’t much to look at — so much so that you’ll struggle to see it at all! In a bold display of camouflage and mimicry, this bird pretends to be a broken tree branch. To do so, it poses absolutely still, bravely evading predators in plain view of them. Video by …

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Bird steals egg camera & films penguin colony from the air

A striated caracara, intrigued by our spy egg-cam, decides to fly off with our camera but in the process captures the first ever aerial footage of a rockhopper penguin colony shot by a flying bird. Clip taken from our series “Penguins; Spy in the Huddle”, narrated by David Tennant and directed by John Downer.

Why birds fly in a V formation

Look up to the sky and you might see birds flying in a ‘V’ shape. This pattern is thought to give the birds behind an aerodynamic advantage. Now it seems birds really do fly with a little flap from their friends. In this Nature Video, we see how researchers at the UK’s Royal Veterinary College …

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Scott V. Edwards: Birds; Evolution and Innovation in a Changing World

In this talk Scott V. Edwards who is a professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University will celebrate the remarkable 100 million year history of birds and describe the imprint of ancient innovations, such as feathers and flights, on many aspects of avian biology, right down to their DNA. He will then describe …

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The birds of Spain

A beautiful short film by Raúl Tomás Granizo. As he describes: After many hours of hard work, throughout continental Spain (I leave the islands for the next time), I managed to edit this short film about the birds of my beloved country. Living and working in the richest European country regarding birds, I tried to …

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