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José Luis Copete May 5, 2021
Eurasian Blackcap used to be a scarce wintering bird in the UK and Ireland, but the occurrence of overwintering Blackcaps has increased along with the popularity of bird feeding. These birds migrate from central Europe, in which has become a new migration route to spend the winter near the artificial feeding stations.
José Luis Copete April 21, 2021
Most of us feel soothed and relaxed when walking through nature. One of the reasons is because listening to birdsong produces stress relief, and a feeling of pleasure or well-being, which directly affects our health.
José Luis Copete March 12, 2021
Far-reaching properties of bacteria in the Eurasian Hoopoe's uropygial secretions reveal complex interactions between bacteria and their feathered host.
José Luis Copete February 26, 2021
Stories about rediscoveries of ‘lost’ species make for exciting ornithological news, and Asia has captured much attention for several recent discoveries. All the previous cases, however, are obscured by the magnitude of the present case: the rediscovery of the Black-browed Babbler.
José Luis Copete February 23, 2021
New research is challenging the assumption that previous migratory experience is necessary for birds to correct themselves when blown off course during migration. A study of Eurasian Reed Warblers shows birds can use a combination of cues derived from the Earth’s magnetic field to detect a displacement, even if all of these cues are of unfamiliar magnitude.
José Luis Copete February 12, 2021
A deeper look at how ongoing biological expeditions in the remote montane forests in southeast Asia, coupled with acute hearing (good ears!) and professional sound recording analysis, led to the discovery of 10 new taxa and as-yet-undescribed leaf warbler on the remote islands of Indonesia.
Sartaj Ghuman June 10, 2020
First described in 1873 by Allan Octavian Hume, the Narcondam Hornbill (Rhyticeros narcondami) remains as much an enigma as it was when first spotted. As Hume’s ship approached the island, the large white-tailed birds seen flying from tree to tree were mistaken to be Nicobar pigeons that the party had been seeing a lot of.
Guy M. Kirwan ‖ Manuel Schweizer April 13, 2020
Recent genetic research attempts to crack one of the greatest ornithological mysteries: the identity of a nightjar known only from a single specimen collected in 1929 in extreme north-west China.
Shawn Billerman April 1, 2020
Early this year, the ornithological world was rocked when Frank Rheindt and colleagues published a paper in which they described five entirely new species of birds, and five new subspecies of birds, all from several small islands near Sulawesi, Indonesia (Rheindt et al. 2020).