Category: Dr. Hoots

Northern Spotted Owls Bullied

The sight of a monogamous nesting pair of Northern Spotted Owls is a sign of a healthy forest. The highly territorial birds rarely leave the protective cover of dense northwestern forests and their nests in dead standing trees. Today, however, many are vagabonds, soaring aimlessly without nests or homes. Read More…

Tuesday November 1st, 2016 in Alps Owls, Birds, Dr. Hoots, Owls, Research | Comments Off on Northern Spotted Owls Bullied

Which Snowy Owls Thrive in Saskatchewan’s Winters?

Snowy Owls capture the imagination, but ornithologists know surprisingly little about how these birds of the far north fare during the harsh winters they endure. The researchers behind a new study inThe Auk: Ornithological Advances trapped and tracked Snowy Owls wintering in Canada and found that while age and sex affect the birds’ condition, most do […]

Friday September 16th, 2016 in Articles, Birds, Dr. Hoots, News, Owls, Research | Comments Off on Which Snowy Owls Thrive in Saskatchewan’s Winters?

Diet Affects the Evolution of Birds

How diet has affected the evolution of the 10,000 bird species in the world is still a mystery to evolutionary biology. A study by Daniel Kissling of the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (UvA) and colleagues from the University of São Paulo and the University of Utah shows how diet preferences have influenced bird […]

Wednesday April 27th, 2016 in Admiral Pelicanous, Articles, Birds, Captain Eagle, Count Vlad, Dr. Hoots, Lieutenant Habicht, Research, Species | Comments Off on Diet Affects the Evolution of Birds

Research Reveals Trend in Bird-Shape Evolution on Islands

In groundbreaking new work, Natalie Wright, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Montana, has discovered a predictable trend in the evolution of bird shape. Her research showing that birds on islands have evolved toward flightlessness was published April 11, 2016 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her partners include Christopher Witt of the […]

Monday April 18th, 2016 in Admiral Pelicanous, Articles, Birds, Cape Cod, Captain Eagle, Count Vlad, Dr. Hoots, Lieutenant Habicht, Research, Species | Comments Off on Research Reveals Trend in Bird-Shape Evolution on Islands

Bird’s Superfast Vision

One may expect a creature that darts around its habitat to be capable of perceiving rapid changes as well. Yet birds are famed more for their good visual acuity. Joint research by Uppsala University, Stockholm University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) now shows that, in small passerines (perching birds) in the wild, […]

Wednesday April 13th, 2016 in Admiral Pelicanous, Articles, Birds, Captain Eagle, Count Vlad, Dr. Hoots, Lieutenant Habicht, Research, Scotland, UK | Comments Off on Bird’s Superfast Vision

City Birds vs. Country Birds

Birds living in urban environments are smarter than birds from rural environments. But, why do city birds have the edge over their country friends? They adapted to their urban environments enabling them to exploit new resources more favorably then their rural counterparts, say a team of all-McGill University researchers. In a first-ever study to find […]

Thursday April 7th, 2016 in Admiral Pelicanous, Articles, Birds, California, Captain Eagle, Count Vlad, Dr. Hoots, Lieutenant Habicht, New York, Research | Comments Off on City Birds vs. Country Birds

Storks Fill Up on Junk Food

White storks are addicted to junk food and make round-trips of almost 100km to get their fix — according to new research from the University of East Anglia. In folklore, storks would carry babies to parents around the world. But since the mid 1980s, increasing numbers no longer migrate from Europe to Africa for the […]

Monday April 4th, 2016 in Admiral Pelicanous, Africa, Articles, Birds, Captain Eagle, Count Vlad, Dr. Hoots, Europe, Lieutenant Habicht, News, Research | Comments Off on Storks Fill Up on Junk Food

Migratory Birds Disperse Seeds Long Distances

Some species of plants are capable of colonising new habitats thanks to birds that transport their seeds in their plumage or digestive tract. Until recently it was known that birds could do this over short distances, but a new study shows that they are also capable of dispersing them over more than 300 kilometres. Read […]

Tuesday March 29th, 2016 in Admiral Pelicanous, Articles, Birds, Captain Eagle, Count Vlad, Dr. Hoots, Lieutenant Habicht, Research, Spain | Comments Off on Migratory Birds Disperse Seeds Long Distances