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A study by zoologists from Switzerland and the US shows praying mantises all over the globe include birds in their diet. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology has just published the results.

Read more at the Phys.Org website.

 

Managing free-roaming domestic cats is a complex problem with no easy solution, and it’s a challenge being faced by many individuals and organisations around Australia.That’s why Australia’s leading animal welfare organisation has brought together the curre

Male superb fairy-wrens change colour every year, from dull brown to bright blue. But being blue may be risky if you are a tiny bird that is easily spotted by predators.

Published today, our new study found that male fairy-wrens adjust their risk-taking behaviour after undergoing colour change, becoming more cautious while brightly coloured.

Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) are nature’s hotspots. They are the most important places left for life on Earth. While most people imagine iconic landscapes, KBAs don’t only occur in wide-open spaces — there are many KBAs near urban areas too. And with over 80 per cent of Australians living within just an hours' drive of a KBA, there is sure to be one on your doorstep.

Back in February we ran a special photo challenge on the Birds in Backyards forums where we asked for images that really capture birds in urban spaces - from the concrete jungle of the city right out to your backyard. Some birds were beautiful and unnoticed, others detested but still fascinating.

A landmark 30-year-long UNSW Sydney study of wetlands in eastern Australia has found that construction of dams and diversion of water from the Murray-Darling Basin have led to a more than 70 per cent decline in waterbird numbers.

Read more at the Phys.Org website.

The following verse by Geoff Ryan appeared on the Birding-Aus email list on 3 June 2017 in response to multiple postings on the topic of "garbage chooks" - the birds that make it their business to hang around garbage landfills. The posts started with the query "How many species of dump chook are there in Australia?"

GARBAGE CHOOKS

What’s in a name? William Shakespeare’s question is as valid for conservationists today as it was for the crowds gathered in the Globe theater more than 400 years ago.

BIBY TV features beautiful bird videos, some great planting tips from Angus Stone (Gardening Australia) and general information on the Birds in Backyards program. Plus soon we'll be featuring fun instructional videos for our new backyard bird surveys on Birdata.

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