birds

In-flight play behaviour where the birds hover in an updraft
The kea parrot’s ‘play call’ can put other kea in a playful mood, according to new research. 
A hand-reared mangrove finch, released in 2016
Conservationists are feeling optimistic for a Critically Endangered species of one of “Darwin’s finches”. 
Marsh tit emerging from tree cavity
Research finds that though nestboxes can be useful, they offer a different environment to natural tree cavities.
Avian species along Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River face serious threats. 
Starling stuck in the manhole cover
A songbird flew in the wrong direction underground and got trapped. 
Kestrel on CCTV
A CCTV mast on the M5 in Gloucestershire has captured footage of a kestrel being attacked by a magpie and then a raven. 
Waxwing
Mike Toms answers your wild question about these photogenic birds.
Adélie penguins
BBC Wildlife Magazine has teamed up with British Antarctic Survey to bring you 20 amazing facts about penguins. 
The ring-necked parakeet is a non-native species in the UK
Researchers have created a global map of non-native birds. 
Willow Tit
The combination of climate change and habitat loss is proving too much for some birds and butterflies. 
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