What Birds, Coyotes, and Badgers Know About Teamwork
Mutualism is a relationship between organisms where both benefit.
The Astounding Adaptations of Long-Distance Flyers
Frigate birds are truly champion fliers. The birds can fly for weeks without stopping. How do they do it?
The Great Sparrow War of the 1870s
The "sparrow war" in the United States in the 1870s ended with a resounding victory… for the sparrows.
What If We Had All the Birds from Shakespeare in Central Park?
According to birding lore, two of America's most invasive bird species were introduced by a misguided Shakespeare fan named Eugene Schieffelin.
The Sex Lives of Birds
Deep in a Central American rainforest, ornithologists have discovered that a rare bird has an unusual lifestyle.
Are We Entering a New Golden Age of Guano?
A history of civilization could be written in fertilizers. And the history of guano—bird poop—tells us a lot about slavery, imperialism, and U.S. expansion.
Meet the Secretary Bird, Snake Nemesis
If snakes have nightmares, they most likely include secretary birds (or secretarybirds)—so-called because the birds’ crests, when flattened against the head, ...
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Teddy Roosevelt Weighs in on the Evolution of Camouflage
In the years after his presidency, Roosevelt sent a letter to The Condor magazine criticizing painter Abbott Thayer's theory of animal camouflage.
The Sad Story of Booming Ben, Last of the Heath Hens
Grassland-dwelling heath hen and prairie chicken populations across the country are in trouble. Loss of habitat continues to threaten their numbers.