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Science

Humans Have Done 50 Million Years of Damage to New Zealand’s Birds

It would take longer than humans have been on this Earth to recover the number of bird species lost in New Zealand.
Madeleine Gregory
8.6.19
food news

It's Disturbingly Common for Seagulls to Get Into Our Food Supply

A photo of a curry-covered seagull just went viral, but it isn't the first bird to end up in a vat of food at a factory.
Bettina Makalintal
7.9.19
Science

Darwin’s Finches Are In Danger Because a Parasite Is Changing Their Mating Song

By deforming their beaks, an introduced parasite is causing two finch species to hybridize, changing the course of their evolution.
Madeleine Gregory
6.14.19
tech-science

Ravens Spread Negative Emotions to Their Friends, Study Finds

“Our findings thus suggest negative emotional contagion in ravens, and in turn advance our understanding of the evolution of empathy.”
Becky Ferreira
5.22.19
food news

Millions of Birds Are Vacuumed to Death Every Year for Our Martini Olives

Olives have a better flavor if they’re harvested at night, which is bad news for the birds who tend to sleep in those trees.
Jelisa Castrodale
5.21.19
Science

New Zealand Man Goes Swimming, Finds Footprints of Extinct Mega-Bird

“I was just going for a casual swim, so it’s escalated a bit.”
Sarah Emerson
5.12.19
tech-science

This Bird Went Extinct and Then Evolved Into Existence Again

"We know of no other example in rails, or of birds in general, that demonstrates this phenomenon so evidently.”
Becky Ferreira
5.9.19
cassowary

Florida Man Killed by World’s Most Dangerous Bird

“He was doing what he loved.”
Sarah Emerson
4.16.19
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Opium-Addicted Parrots Keep Raiding Poppy Farms in India

Poppy farmers are being forced to guard their crops against the drug-addled birds, who get high off the narcotic effects of the plant.
Gavin Butler
2.28.19
birds

Farming Edible Birds' Nests Is a Stinky But Lucrative Business

I was given a rare glimpse inside a bird spit farm in Vietnam. The stuff sells for upwards of $500 a pound, but it ain't pretty.
Wesley Grover
2.23.19
News of Zealand

New Zealand Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Almost Extinct Parrot

"It's just a fucking bird," he told his co-workers after stomping on the kea.
Zoe Madden-Smith
12.12.18
Australia Today

Magpies Keep Attacking Australia’s Politicians at Parliament House

Australia’s 2017 Bird of the Year is giving it to the members of parliament.
Gavin Butler
10.23.18
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