Dear Reader, we’ve got some exciting news. JSTOR Daily will be changing its name to BIRDstor Daily as of today. Given the frequency with which we post about birds, this will probably not come as a huge surprise. We start with this collection of bird stories from our first year of publication. Here’s to our avian overlords!
As spring migration kicks off, new research shows that tiny blackpoll warblers have the capacity to make a 1,500 mile, non-stop flight over the Atlantic.
Deep in a Central American rainforest, ornithologists have discovered that a rare bird has an unusual lifestyle.
In case you think a few drinks makes your singing better, it doesn’t—and the same goes for birds.
Grassland-dwelling grouse and prairie chicken populations across the country are in trouble.
You stand a far better chance today of seeing one of these majestic creatures than people did 40 years ago.
Australian Brown Falcons have been observed picking up smoldering sticks and dropping them on dry, undamaged areas to start new fires.
If snakes have nightmares, they most likely include secretary birds.
John Badgerow suggested that the primary purpose was a form of visual communication.
In 1911, two years after his presidency had ended, Theodore Roosevelt used his newfound leisure time to get up to date on the latest advances in ornithology.
The population of these birds expanded with the highways.
The story behind “turkey” isn’t exactly clear, but probably has to do with a mistaken belief that the birds came from the exotic East, as represented by Ottoman Turkey.
The birds were part of a distinctly Victorian fantasy, made up of Gothic and Celtic elements, largely in response to tremendous industrial and imperial change.
Step aside John James Audubon, Alexander Wilson was the “father of American ornithology.”
Vultures have an incredible tolerance for botulism: they can eat it like candy.
These large, ocean-going birds can fly for weeks without stopping, at altitudes up to 13,000 feet.