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Queen of the corvids: the scientist fighting to save the world’s brainiest birds

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Leo, an 18-year-old rook, is playing mind games. It’s a street-corner classic – cups and balls. Only this time the venue is the Comparative Cognition Laboratory in Madingley, Cambridge, and the ball is a waxworm. Leo ...

Rare birds’ arrival an ‘unmissable sign’ climate emergency has reached Britain

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Rainbow-hued bee-eaters breeding on the Norfolk coast this summer and three rare black-winged stilts fledglings in Yorkshire are an “unmissable sign” that the nature and climate emergency has reached Britain, accordin...

Britain’s birds of prey are back from the brink of extinction – and live on webcam

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I watch in delight as an osprey lands on a Scots pine, bringing a huge fish back to its hungry chicks. Moments later, I have close-up views of a red kite, its nest swaying to and fro in the breeze. Finally, I witness ...

Turkey rebrands as Türkiye, because other name is for the birds

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Turkey’s government has sent a letter to the United Nations formally requesting that it be referred to as Türkiye, the state-run news agency has reported. The move is seen as part of a push by Ankara to rebrand the co...

Muck in to help nesting birds during UK heatwave, says RSPB

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The RSPB is urging the public to get their hands dirty this weekend and create mud pies to help endangered birds such as house martins, swifts and swallows get enough sludge to build their nests. A nine-day mini-heatw...

‘Canaries in the coalmine’: loss of birds signals changing planet

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The world’s birds, described as the planet’s “canaries in the coalmine”, are disappearing in large numbers as the colossal impact of humanity on the Earth grows, a global review has found. There are about 11,000 speci...

Disbanding of Dorset wildlife crime team puts birds of prey ‘at risk’

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Birds of prey are being put at risk by the disbanding of one of the country’s leading wildlife crime teams, campaigners have warned, raising fears it could be part of a nationwide pattern. Wildlife crime officers work...

Toxic rat poison killing growing number of England’s birds of prey

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A highly toxic rat poison is killing increasing numbers of birds of prey, figures show, as wildlife campaigners call for its use to be banned outdoors. Most recently, a white-tailed eagle was found poisoned by the ant...

Strictly for the birds: never am I more disconnected than when I am plugged in

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Lately, I’ve expended a lot of mental energy considering Twitter. If this sounds like a sad state of affairs, don’t worry – I’m aware. But it’s preferable to my previous approach, which was a greedy embrace of everyth...

In brief: Stewkey Blues; Birds and Us; Lives of Houses – reviews

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DJ TaylorSalt Publishing, £9.99, pp176 Famed though it is for its flatness, Norfolk is a county of manifold aspects, many of which are captured in these sharp, subtle new stories by native son DJ Taylor. They all emer...

Climate change fundamentally affecting European birds, study shows

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Global warming is changing European birds as we know them, a study has found, but it’s not just the increase in temperature that’s to blame. Researchers have found that garden warblers, for example, are having a quart...

Voluntary UK ban on killing birds with lead shot has had ‘no detectable effect’

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A voluntary ban on the phasing out of lead shot in the UK has had almost no impact according to a report, with 99.5% of birds killed found to contain the toxic metal. While other industries have been forced to phase o...

Escaped pet parrots pose ‘real problem’ to native New Zealand birds

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Exotic parrots are on a non-stop flight to becoming a menace in New Zealand, as pet owners release hundreds of them into the wild each year and, in doing so, put the survival of native birds at risk. Roughly 6% of New...

Why did birds fall from sky in Mexico? Probably a predator, experts say

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Hundreds of yellow-headed blackbirds have been filmed appearing to fall from the sky, some of them dying, in mysterious circumstances in the northern Mexican city of Cuauhtémoc. The cause of death remains unclear but ...

Blooming flowers, fledgling birds … the UK’s spring is early – and always will be

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A blackbird feeding a fledged youngster in early January. Red campions flowering four months early. And the earliest recorded sighting of a rare beetle. Wildlife experts and gardeners are reporting a series of highly ...

10 winter birds to spot in UK towns and cities

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As a co-founder of Flock Together, a London-based birdwatching collective for people of colour that organises walks across the south of England all year round, the question I am asked most often is: “Are there even an...

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