Tag: Birds

Why Did This Extinct Bird Have Such a Weird, Long Toe?

Some 99 million years ago, a small animal with a weird elongated toe died and became partially entombed in amber. Its lower leg and foot remained undisturbed in the hardened tree resin until amber miners eventually discovered the fossil in Myanmar’s Hukawng Valley in 2014. The preserved toe measures less than half an inch from […]

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This Cockatoo Thinks He Can Dance

Watching Snowball the cockatoo dance to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” has long been one of the joys of the internet. The four-minute video has been viewed more than seven million times, and it’s probably generated at least that many grins. But when a small group of scientists first saw it a decade ago, […]

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It’s Disturbingly Common for Seagulls to Get Into Our Food Supply

Photos by jodie777 & klenova via iStock/Getty Images Plus; Composite by MUNCHIES Staff As anyone who’s ever attempted to eat by the seaside surely knows, if there is food, the seagulls will find it—and that explains the internet’s latest weird animal phenomenon. Last week, the UK’s Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital shared the story of a bird dubbed […]

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New York Primary Elections: Who’s Running for Queens D.A.

Weather: Rain and thundershowers are expected this morning and then again this afternoon. Temperatures could reach into the low 80s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until July 4. ImageSix candidates are running in the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney. Rory Lancman, third from right, has dropped out of the race.CreditMary Altaffer/Associated Press The key to […]

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Primary Election in New York: A Six-Way Contest for Queens D.A.

Weather: Rain and thundershowers are expected this morning and then again this afternoon. Temperatures could reach into the low 80s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until July 4. ImageSix candidates are running in the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney. Rory Lancman, third from right, has dropped out of the race.CreditMary Altaffer/Associated Press The key to […]

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Who Liked Hurricane Sandy? These Tiny, Endangered Birds

The wrath of Hurricane Sandy’s powerful winds and violent storm surge left considerable damage across New York and New Jersey in October 2012. But for one tiny bird, the cataclysmic storm has been a big help. “Hurricane Sandy was really good for piping plovers,” said Katie Walker, a graduate student in wildlife conservation at Virginia […]

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Rent Protections: What a Deal Means for New Yorkers

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Wednesday. Candidates for Queens district attorney are debating at 11 a.m. on WNYC. Weather: Mostly sunny with light wind and a high in the mid-70s. So, get outside today! Alternate-side parking: In effect until July 4. ImageCreditHans Pennink/Associated Press Just days before rent […]

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The Vampire Birds of the Galápagos Have Fascinating Inner Lives

For half the year, a little brown bird on the northernmost islands of the Galápagos uses its wickedly sharp beak to pick at seeds, nectar and insects. But when the climate dries out, it drinks blood. Yes, there is such a thing as a vampire finch. Yes, it is what it sounds like. Galápagos finches […]

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The Shorebirds of Delaware Bay Are Going Hungry

REEDS BEACH, N.J. — On a recent spring day at this remote beach, hundreds of shorebirds flapped frantically beneath a net trapping them on the sand. Dozens of volunteers rushed to disentangle the birds and place them gently in covered crates. On a nearby sand dune, teams of scientists and volunteers attached metal leg bands, […]

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Baby sharks are eating the birds that live in your backyard

If you’re even a little bit on the internet—or have a child who is—you’re bound to have heard the song. Baby shark, do-do-do-do-do-do-… And now it’s stuck in your head again. You’re welcome. But Marcus Drymon doesn’t know it, because he’s too busy studying the real thing as a fisheries ecologist at Mississippi State University. […]

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