Bird Brains

People use the term birdbrained to mean stupid, but birds are not as birdbrained as you might suppose In a recent experiment at Oxford University, scientists discovered that crows have an ability that was once thought to be uniquely human they can make tools. The crow in question figured out how to bend a piece of wire to make a hook and then use it to pull food out of a bottle. And crows are not the only birds that show uncanny signs of brain power, from feats of memory to the apparent mastery...

Birds Of Prey

Sharp Vision Birds

Flesh is the most nutritious type of food, but it is exceptionally hard to obtain. Nevertheless, the birds of prey, or raptors, have made killing and scavenging their way of life. There are around 300 species, and nearly all share the specialized features needed to hunt and butcher superb vision, a vicious set of talons for killing their prey, and - as raptors cannot swallow prey whole as owls can - a hooked bill for stripping flesh. As with most birds of prey, the female red-tailed hawk guards...

Up And Away

Birds move through the air with such grace that flying looks effortless to our eyes. But it takes tremendous effort to overcome the force of gravity and travel on nothing but air. For most birds, getting off the ground is the hardest part. Wings work best when air is blowing over them, so until a bird has built up speed it relies on muscle power alone. Once they get going, birds can conserve energy by catching the wind, gliding on air currents, or taking brief rests. Birds of prey and vultures...