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Birds are as smart as 7-year-old, study finds

If you’re still under the impression that birds are beautiful creatures but lack any intelligence, let this new finding change your mind: Birds are smarter than children in some aspects…

Ovenbirds and Veeries eavesdrops on chipmunks before nesting

When you’re moving into new neighborhoods, you probably consider how noisy the neighbors are before deciding to buy a house. Scientists have found that ground-nesting birds also eavesdrop on their…

The Good and Bad of the 2011 ‘State of the Birds’

The good news: In this year’s annual State of the Birds report put out by the Department of the Interior, we get the first ever assessment of birds on public…

Birds show empathy when chicks are in pain

In amazing news that may have implications on how birds are treated, researchers from the U.K. found that female chickens feel empathy when their chicks are being tormented. Researchers simulated…