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Urbanization is isolating fruit-loving birds and forests are paying the price

Fruit-eating birds — also known as frugivores — come in many colors and sizes, from the tiny yellow Palm tanager and the bright Blue red-legged honeycreeper (Thraupis palmarum) to the Toucan-like black, gray, white and orange Great hornbill (Buceros bicornis). They are also essential to the preservation of tropical forests, with 70 to 90 percent of their tree species depending on frugivores to eat, spread and excrete their seeds....

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“No, after you”: Japanese bird gestures to its mate to go first, study reports

Birds never cease to amaze observers with their versatile intelligence. Flying birds experience time and space in radically different ways than humans; urban birds like pigeons adapted with remarkable ease to the COVID-19 pandemic; and even the supposedly stupid turkeys can survive in a wide range of habitats and endlessly frustrate hunters with their cleverness....

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Seagulls are moving more into urban areas — risking an outbreak of bird flu

This won’t surprise most people, but seagulls didn’t evolve to eat your french fries. They typically eat what’s around the ocean, whether it’s fish, molluscs or small mammals. Nonetheless, human wastefulness and urban expansion are providing ample food sources for these birds, which is seeming to significantly change their behavior, specifically where they prefer to live....

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In a first, bird flu reaches Antarctica, threatening to wipe out tons of penguins and other birds

2023 has been a bad year for emperor penguins. In August, a study in the journal Communications Earth & Environment found that the loss of polar ice in Antarctica is likely to lead to a “catastrophic breeding failure” for penguins throughout Antarctica, eventually causing them to be unable to naturally sustain their own species by the end of the century....

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