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Swifts and house martins join UK red list of endangered birds

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The red list of Britain’s most endangered birds has increased to 70 species with the swift, house martin, greenfinch and Bewick’s swan added to the latest assessment. The red list now accounts for more than a quarter ...

Britain’s migratory birds ‘may stop flying south for winter’

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Migratory birds including the willow warbler, the garden warbler and the nightingale may eventually stop flying south for the winter as they spend longer in their European breeding grounds. Analysis of more than 50 ye...

‘The water used to be up to your armpits’: birds starve as Turkey’s lakes dry up

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“If we stood in this spot a few years ago, the water would be up to your armpits,” says vet Isa Agit, standing on sun-hardened and cracked mud that used to be part of a lake in eastern Turkey, with his hands firmly wr...

‘It is there pretty much forever’: Huntington Beach oil spill may permanently affect birds

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The full scale of the ecological damage from the Huntington Beach oil spill will take some time to become clear, with birds and marine mammals hardest hit in the short term. That’s the view of experts with experience ...

City flights: birds flocked to urban areas as Covid kept people home, 研究发现

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The shutdown of traveling and socializing during the Covid-19 pandemic last year brought severe dislocation to many people, but if you were a bird during this time it was highly appealing, new research has found. 这 ...

Feeding birds in our gardens is a joy – but it may be harming weaker species

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Feeding birds is hard-wired into our national psyche. The apocryphal Victorian “tuppence a bag” for seed for the Trafalgar Square pigeons has morphed into a national pastime, with an estimated 17m households spending ...

Tokyo’s Olympic architecture: 看, no Bird’s Nest…

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What if the Olympics were upstaged by a cat? It’s a real danger. Considerable interest has recently been generated by a 3D-animated giant calico creature that mews and wiggles from a newly installed billboard at passe...

Why do some birds’ heads not rock forwards and backwards when they walk?

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When most birds walk, their heads snap backwards and forwards – pigeons being probably the most extreme example. Ducks’ heads don’t seem to do this. Why do ducks not and those others do? And which other birds’ heads d...

Do Norfolk birds speak Punjabi? Mona Arshi, the poet transcribing bird calls

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The pandemic has brought birdsong to the ears of many people in the past year. Unlike most newly transfixed listeners, Mona Arshi, who a decade ago made the unusual transition from human rights lawyer to poet, felt an...

Share your stories and photos of extraordinary birds

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Have you taken an extraordinary photograph of a bird that you’re particularly proud of? Send us your pictures and stories of remarkable bird sightings – and we’ll publish a selection of them. You can get in touch by ...

Securing a swift return: how a simple brick can help migratory birds

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Eagerly anticipated by many, it is a thrilling moment when you first hear the distinctive screech or catch sight of the long, tapered wings of the first swifts arriving for the summer. For thousands of years they have...

World is home to 50bn birds, ‘breakthrough’ citizen science research estimates

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There are about 50 billion individual birds in the world, according to new research that uses citizen science observations to try to estimate population numbers for almost 10,000 species. The paper, led by scientists ...