Australian magpies can understand other bird calls, study finds | Environment

Australian magpies can understand what other birds are saying to each other, a new study has found. The research, published in the journal Animal Behaviour, says the wily magpie has learned the meanings of different noisy miner calls and essentially eavesdrops to find out which predators are near. Noisy miners …

White peacocks draw in the fans as bird breeders pluck big bucks – ABC Rural

White peacocks draw in the fans as bird breeders pluck big bucks – ABC Rural

A mythical mutation of peacock, which is now very much alive through careful breeding, is pulling in big bucks for plucky breeders who earn up to $1,000 per bird in some states. Novelty white peacocks, which are generally mutations of the common Indian blue, are ruling the roost of hobby …

Miner bird forces closure of Colours of Impressionism exhibition at Art Gallery of SA

Miner bird forces closure of Colours of Impressionism exhibition at Art Gallery of SA

Posted April 26, 2018 10:46:44 Photo: Staff on a scissor lift armed with a net attempting to catch the miner bird. (Instagram: s***adelaide) Related Story: ‘Like the Royal family’: How some of the world’s most important paintings travel in style Related Story: Art visionary to head National Gallery of Australia …

Rich bird life, culture inspires Yirrkala teenager Siena Stubbs to become published author

Rich bird life, culture inspires Yirrkala teenager Siena Stubbs to become published author

Posted April 15, 2018 07:00:01 Photo: Siena Stubbs with an early version of Our Birds (left) and, two years later. (Supplied: Will Stubbs) Less than two years ago, Siena Stubbs was a 14-year-old schoolgirl and casual admirer of the birds in her hometown of Yirrkala. Now, despite still living about …

Beautiful, secluded Eyre Bird Observatory could fade into history without a little help

Beautiful, secluded Eyre Bird Observatory could fade into history without a little help

Posted March 31, 2018 23:56:36 Photo: The Eyre Bird Observatory needs volunteers to keep it running. (ABC News: Mark Bennett) Young volunteers who can handle solitude are being asked to help preserve a unique 19th century building in Western Australia. It’s also one of the most isolated bird observatories in …

Bird enthusiasts move to save migratory birds blown off course by Cyclone Marcus

Bird enthusiasts move to save migratory birds blown off course by Cyclone Marcus

Posted March 25, 2018 09:00:40 Photo: Birdwatchers take stock of the bird population in the days following severe weather in the Top End. (ABC Radio Darwin: Jesse Thompson) It’s a balmy morning in the days after Cyclone Marcus, and as chainsaws descend on fallen trees a group of locals descend …