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British birds are bouncing back
A national survey by the RSPB records a rise in the populations of small birds, including long-tailed tits, goldcrests and coal tits.
Chernobyl birds are small brained
Birds living around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear accident have 5% smaller brains, an effect directly linked to lingering background radiation, scientists say.
Rangers hope for ospreys return
Tree-climbing rangers at Kielder are to build a new platform to help their resident ospreys find love.
Cold weather kills birds
The recent freezing conditions have claimed the lives of hundreds of birds.
Help garden birds to survive snow
Providing food is one of the most helpful things you can do for your garden birds.
The 'bird people' of St Kilda
How an extraordinary group of men, women and children survived for centuries by eating puffins and making shoes out of gannets.
Power lines 'invisible' to birds
Birds fly into power lines because of their "blind spots", according to new research.
Teenage twins make wildlife film
Paul and Ryan Edwards have captured some amazing footage of wild birds in a meadow near Framlingham for BBC Inside Out.
Wind turbines 'lure in' animals
Wind turbines attract insects, which may explain why their blades strike and kill significant numbers of insect-eating bats and birds.
Scotland 'key' to birds' survival
Protecting habitats in Scotland is "critically important" to conserving threatened bird species, the RSPB says.
Warming threat to long haul birds
Birds embarking on long distance migrations are more vulnerable to shifts in the climate than ones making shorter journeys, a study suggests.
Pigeons' wings sound the alarm
Startled pigeons might not appear to epitomise the wonder of evolution, but a study has discovered that the birds can communicate with their wings.
Birds given special protection in Liverpool Bay
Liverpool Bay, home to red-throat diver and common scoter birds, is designated a Special Protection Area (SPA) for birds.
Disease threat to UK garden birds
A disease that first emerged in 2005 is killing large numbers of greenfinches and chaffinches, researchers say.
'Terror bird' was prize fighter
Scientists show how the giant, flightless terror birds that roamed South America for millions of years would have taken down their prey.
Discovery of dozens of dead pigeons in Peterhead water
Forty dead pigeons have been found floating in water in Peterhead after possibly being dumped, the Scottish SPCA says.
Birds give new life to Denbighshire man who lost hand
A man who cut off his hand in an accident tells how his love of birds has helped him turn his life around.
Bright sexy birds are poor fliers
Birds with the brightest feathers may pay a cost for their showmanship; they go on to become poor fliers.
Citizen science 'can safeguard birds' future'
Encouraging people to record everyday sightings of common bird species could help limit future extinctions, an international study suggests.
Bird feeding: concerns raised over benefit to UK birds
Putting food out for wild birds in spring and summer may hinder their reproduction in some circumstances.
Fossil reveals early bird plumage
A new study of a 150-million-year-old fossil of an Archaeopteryx has shown that remnants of its feathers have been preserved.
Mimic birds 'copy other species'
Scientists believe they are a step closer to discovering why some species of bird mimic the sounds made by other birds, animals and even humans.
Female birds find males with glossy feathers more sexy
Male birds with glossy feathers are more attractive to the opposite sex.
Auklets and penguins: birds use feathers 'to touch'
Birds may use their feathers for touch, using them to feel their surroundings just as cats use their whiskers.
Stingray's 'tool use' revealed
Freshwater stingrays use water as a "tool" in problem solving tests, scientists reveal for the first time.
Iron Curtain kept out alien birds
During the Cold War, the Iron Curtain prevented many alien bird species from colonising Eastern Europe, suggests a study.
Feeding birds 'changes evolution'
Bird-feeders, hung in many a garden, can affect the way our feathered friends evolve, say scientists.
Clever ravens cooperatively hunt
Brown-necked ravens team up to hunt lizards, revealing an unexpected level of intelligence, say scientists.
Birdsong helps scientists to count bird populations
Ecologists have developed a way of monitoring the sizes of bird populations by recording their song.
Rare birds 'faring better' in UK
Rare birds in the UK have been faring far better than their more common counterparts over the last decade, according to a new assessment.
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