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DNA analysis of bluebird faeces reveals benefits for vineyards

Posted: 02 Jan 2017
DNA techniques have shown that Western Bluebirds nesting in California’s vineyards help grape growers by eating agricultural pests.

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What messages do female birds’ markings send?

Posted: 30 Dec 2016
The meanings of female birds’ markings may vary from one place to another, even within the same species.

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Traffic Noise Reduces Birds’ Response to Alarm Calls

Posted: 28 Dec 2016
Study shows that traffic noise makes birds less responsive to alarm calls that would otherwise alert them to predators.

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Declining numbers of male offspring imperil endangered flycatchers in southern California

Posted: 26 Dec 2016
A new study has documented the steep decline of a population of endangered south-western Willow Flycatchers over 16 years in the USA along with a marked change in sex ratio.

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Scotland's Corn Buntings get boost from farmers

Posted: 24 Dec 2016
Actions by farmers in Fife and Angus have helped improve the fortunes of Corn Buntings north of the border.

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Rufous-headed Robin more widespread than previously thought?

Posted: 23 Dec 2016
Researchers have put together all known information about the endangered Asian chat Rufous-headed Robin in a new paper.

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January issue of Birdwatch in the shops now!

Posted: 22 Dec 2016
The January issue of Birdwatch is on sale now!

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General licence system used as cover for raptor persecution

Posted: 21 Dec 2016
RSPB Scotland has expressed concern at Scottish Natural Heritage’s response to a recent consultation on the ‘general licences’ that permit the killing of some species of protected birds.

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Man fined after kicking Starling to death

Posted: 20 Dec 2016
A man from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, has been fined and ordered to pay costs after admitting kicking a Starling to death.

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'Human Swan' flies home

Posted: 19 Dec 2016
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust's Sacha Dench flew into Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, on Friday, completing a record-breaking three-month journey following Bewick’s Swans on migration from Russia.

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