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Daily Infographic: A Family Tree Of Every Bird On Earth. This gorgeous infographic is the first family tree linking every bird on Earth, revealing how birds have evolved since the dinosaur age.

Daily Infographic: A Family Tree Of Every Bird On Earth

The map shows where and when birds lived, which offers a glimpse of species diversification around the planet. One big takeaway: Birds have been diversifying at an increasing rate in the past 50 million years. Today, 9,993 living species are known. Birds. Ornithology. 10 Fascinating Facts About Ravens. Edgar Allan Poe knew what he was doing when he used the raven instead of some other bird to croak out “nevermore” in his famous poem. The raven has long been associated with death and dark omens, but the real bird is somewhat of a mystery.

Unlike its smaller cousin the crow, not a lot has been written about this remarkable bird. Here are 10 fascinating facts about ravens. 1. Alaska Science Center - Beak Deformities. Bird Thought Extinct Found Living On Pacific Islands. Bird Thought Extinct Found Living On Pacific Islands Posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 by eNature Bryan's Shearwater © Smithsonian Institution Location of Ogasawara Islands.

Bird Thought Extinct Found Living On Pacific Islands

Yellow-billed Blue Magpie - Gold-billed Magpie - Urocissa flavirostris - Corvidae - Birds of India. San Juan Capistrano tries to seduce swallows back. Los Angeles -- A bird's call rings endlessly inside the adobe walls at Mission San Juan Capistrano as tourists wander through the courtyard - ablaze with flowers in full bloom - and a handful of fourth-graders snap pictures and take notes for class projects.

San Juan Capistrano tries to seduce swallows back

Hardly the sweet song of the nightingale, the sound is more like the croak of a distressed frog - or, by an expert's own description, a "rusty, squeaky door. " It's a last-ditch effort to lure back the cliff swallow, which put San Juan Capistrano on the map but has snubbed the mission in recent years. The mission has tried drawing them back with food. S.F.'s parrots join flight to the suburbs. The wild parrots of Telegraph Hill, apparently jaded by city life, have headed for the suburbs.

S.F.'s parrots join flight to the suburbs

The goofy, green birds are now the mild parrots of Brisbane. "We've got a pool, a park, and now we've got parrots. They make more noise than the airplanes," said Ron Davis, a Brisbane real estate agent and longtime resident. San Francisco's famed flock of cherry-headed conures, immortalized in an award-winning movie and book, has become so populous that about 100 or so birds have fled San Francisco for the verdant slopes of San Bruno Mountain, where they're feasting on juniper and hawthorn berries and delighting the locals with their acrobatics. Another 100 or so are still flapping around the northern edge of San Francisco, but the flock appears to have branched beyond the foggy confines of the waterfront, probably in search of food, said Mark Bittner, author of the best-selling "The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. " S.F.'s parrots join flight to the suburbs.

Night herons settling down in downtown Oakland. Downtown Oakland has no shortage of wildlife.

Night herons settling down in downtown Oakland

Now it even has some of the nonhuman variety. A colony of giant, squawking, black-crowned night herons has taken up residence in the gritty urban core of Oakland, apparently thriving amid the tattoo parlors and Afghan restaurants, Occupiers and bus exhaust. "Oh my God, I saw one walking right down 14th Street. Do Unhatched Chicks Sleep and Wake In Their Eggs? When Good Tweets Go Bad. Language seems to set humans apart from other animals, but scientists cannot just hand monkeys and birds an interspecies SAT to determine which linguistic abilities are singularly those of Homo sapiens and which we share with other animals.

When Good Tweets Go Bad

In August neuroscientists Kentaro Abe and Dai Watanabe of Kyoto University announced that they had devised the next-best thing, a systematic test of birds’ grammatical prowess. The results suggest that Bengalese finches have strict rules of syntax: The order of their chirps matters. “It’s the first experiment to show that any animal has perceived the especially complex patterns that supposedly make human language unique,” says Timothy Gentner, who studies animal cognition and communication at the University of California, San Diego, and was not involved in the study. Finches cry out whenever they hear a new tune, so Abe and Watanabe started by having individual birds listen to an unfamiliar finch’s song. Scrapes, Granaries & Bowers: The Wide World of Avian Architecture. iStockphoto / Terry Wilson Peter Goodfellow's recent book, , captures a lifetime of not just observing birds but the unsung structures they create.

Scrapes, Granaries & Bowers: The Wide World of Avian Architecture

Bird nests can be simple or elaborate, as small as a hazelnut, like this hummingbird nest, or enormous, weighing several tons. They can last a few weeks or a century, and can be isolated or one among a half million of similar nests. Giant Killer Mice Decimating Rare Seabirds. On a remote island in the South Atlantic, common house mice have become unrelenting killers, consuming millions of endangered baby birds a year, a new study confirms.

Giant Killer Mice Decimating Rare Seabirds

The massacre is taking place on Gough Island (map), a British territory almost smack-dab in between the tips of South America and South Africa. The only humans living on the island belong to a small team running a weather station. Gough Island has long been recognized as an important seabird colony, since it hosts roughly ten million birds of more than 20 species. Building For Birds: Architects Aim For Safer Skies. Hide caption This assortment of more than 1,500 dead birds, all killed by collisions with Toronto windows, was collected during the 2010 migration season by volunteers from the Canadian Fatal Light Awareness Program.

Building For Birds: Architects Aim For Safer Skies

Kenneth Herdy/FLAP Hide caption Visitors take in the views from the High Line, a Manhattan park developed on an old elevated railway line. City parks attract birds to the city, but glass-fronted buildings pose a danger. John W. Poole/NPR Ennead Architects Hide caption A house sparrow eyes a visitor from the foliage of Manhattan's High Line park. John W. A Clear And Present Danger: How Glass Kills Birds. Hide caption Experts say glass buildings kill millions of birds every year; scientists at Powdermill Avian Research Center are studying ways to help prevent this.

A Clear And Present Danger: How Glass Kills Birds

Here, a volunteer tags a hooded warbler in Rector, Penn., in May. Maggie Starbard/NPR Hide caption Luke DeGroote, the banding program coordinator, looks for birds trapped in fine-meshed mist nets. Nearly 70 nets cover a 24.7-acre area at Powdermill; they need to be checked every 30 to 40 minutes. Thousands of birds make crash landing in Utah. ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Thousands of migratory birds were killed or injured after apparently mistaking a Wal-Mart parking lot, football fields and other snow-covered areas of southern Utah for bodies of water and plummeting to the ground in what one state wildlife expert called the worst mass bird crash she'd ever seen. Crews went to work cleaning up the dead birds and rescuing the injured survivors after the creatures crash-landed in the St. George area Monday night. Fairy Penguin Chicknappers Caught and 'Dirk' is Rescued. - Three Australian men who stole a fairy penguin released the bird into shark-infested waters. - Dirk the fairy penguin was found by a couple who used their smartphone to google 'lost penguin'.

Dirk, a fairy penguin stolen from an Australian marine park, has been safely returned, but not before being hounded by a dog and chased by another animal, possibly a shark. Police allege three young men broke into Sea World on Queensland's Gold Coast on Saturday night, swam in the dolphin enclosure and then stole seven-year-old Dirk as they made their escape. BIG VID: London Penguins Get Olympic Diving Board. Rare white kiwi survives surgery. 31 October 2011Last updated at 17:45 By Jennifer Carpenter Science reporter, BBC News Kiwis lay eggs that can be up to one quarter of their body weight. BBC Nature - Bird sings song with heavy wings. 16 June 2012Last updated at 01:02 By Alejandra Martins Reporter, BBC Nature The male club-winged manakin performs its mating call The only bird known to sing with its wings contains some secrets of its performance in its bones, researchers have found. The club-winged manakin, which lives in the cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador, performs a mate-attracting song by rubbing its wings together.

A Cornell University team from the US scanned its bones. Brightly colored bird bills indicate good health. Birds. Your online guide to birds and bird watching, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. CHART: The world's most endangered passerine birds. Greater Adjutant. Endangered Species of the Week: Chatham Island black robin. In the News: Canada’s birds in decline. Almost half of Canada’s bird species are in serious decline, according to the first comprehensive report on the state of the country’s bird populations. The spotted owl, just one of Canada’s declining bird species.

In the News: Dodging bullets – lead still a menace for the California condor. Ornithology. Ornithology is a branch of zoology that concerns the study of birds. Etymologically, the word "ornithology" derives from the ancient Greek ὄρνις ornis ("bird") and λόγος logos ("rationale" or "explanation"). Political row flares over 'brutal slaughter' of three million birds a year in Cyprus - Europe - World. Young Pelicans In Trouble This Year - Environment. Bird rescuers are reporting higher than usual numbers of baby pelicans dying or in distress this summer. Bicknell's Thrush habitat preserved in Dominican Republic. By Nate Swick, on June 16, 2012. Watch: Hummingbird 'snores' in its sleep. Hummingbirds are known for living fast, flitting around between flowers as their wings flap up to 200 times per second. Albino hummingbird. Description: all white w/ pink beak and eyes.. 1 species ID suggestions.