Ornithologists have described a new bird species from the subantarctic islands

Ornithologists have described a new species of bird that lives on the Diego Ramirez Islands south of South America. It is called the subantarctic rayadito. In the past, the local population was thought to be the spiny-tailed rayadito, which is widespread in Chile and Argentina. However, the analysis showed that individuals from the Diego Ramirez… Continue reading Ornithologists have described a new bird species from the subantarctic islands

Kākāpō numbers have risen to their highest level in almost 50 years. Now there are 252 of them

Kākāpō numbers have reached their highest levels in nearly fifty years. According to a press release from New Zealand's Ministry of Environment, the rare parrots have given birth to 55 chicks this year, bringing the total number of representatives of this species to 252 individuals. By comparison, in 1995 there were only 51 kakapo left… Continue reading Kākāpō numbers have risen to their highest level in almost 50 years. Now there are 252 of them

Lost Colombian saberwing hummingbird rediscovered after 12 years

Found in the mountains of northern Colombia, the Santamartian sabrewing is considered one of the rarest species of hummingbird. Over the past decades, he has been seen only twice – in 1946 and 2010. Some experts even suspected that this species had become extinct. However, according to a press release from the conservation organization Re:wild,… Continue reading Lost Colombian saberwing hummingbird rediscovered after 12 years

American gull hatched chicks in Nizhny Novgorod

A Delaware gull native to North America has nested in Nizhny Novgorod. Her partner was a local glaucous gull, with which they bred hybrid offspring. According to the BirdGuides website, this is the second case of a Delaware gull breeding in Europe – and the first that has been documented. Birds often fly far from… Continue reading American gull hatched chicks in Nizhny Novgorod

White storks give up migrating to Africa to live in Spanish landfills

White storks have long stopped in Spain during their autumn migration to Africa. However, now many of them complete their journey here. Instead of continuing their flight, they spend the entire winter in Spanish landfills, feeding on garbage. In addition to the abundance of food, climate change contributes to this – winters on the Iberian… Continue reading White storks give up migrating to Africa to live in Spanish landfills

All species of sturgeon fish are endangered

The International Union for Conservation of Nature published the first update of the lists this year. The most notable changes were the assignment of endangered status to the migratory subspecies of monarch butterflies, as well as a reassessment of the status of sturgeon fish. Now all 25 living species of sturgeon, shovelnose and paddlefish are… Continue reading All species of sturgeon fish are endangered

An amateur ornithologist rediscovered a bird hidden for 124 years

Amateur ornithologist Michael Smith discovered a bird that had eluded researchers for 124 years. We are talking about the Louisiadian pitta, endemic to the inaccessible island of Rossel east of New Guinea. Smith observed the elusive birds and took several photographs. In addition, he recorded the voice of the Louisiada pitta – and posted the… Continue reading An amateur ornithologist rediscovered a bird hidden for 124 years

Paleontologists allow extinct giant marabou from Flores island to fly

The extinct giant marabou of Flores Island, thought to be flightless, was still capable of active flight. Paleontologists came to this conclusion after analyzing the bones of these birds discovered over the past twelve years. In addition, researchers had to abandon the idea that the Flores marabou acquired outstanding size due to island gigantism. As… Continue reading Paleontologists allow extinct giant marabou from Flores island to fly

Ornithologists did not find shock absorbers in the woodpecker's skull

It is often claimed that woodpeckers avoid concussions due to the fact that the spongy bones of their skulls absorb the energy of the blow. However, analysis of high-speed recordings showed that there is no shock absorber in the heads of these birds. And if it did exist, it would simply reduce the effectiveness of… Continue reading Ornithologists did not find shock absorbers in the woodpecker's skull

The voices of spectacled penguins in pairs have become similar to each other

In pairs of spectacled penguins, the voices of the partners become similar to each other over time. Ornithologists came to this conclusion after analyzing the vocal characteristics and behavior of these birds from three Italian parks and zoos. At the same time, individuals who simply frequently communicate with each other, but are not in a… Continue reading The voices of spectacled penguins in pairs have become similar to each other