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Why peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth

Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals of the land—and it's no wonder, their bodies are built for speed. While cheetahs can run up to 70 mph on land, peregrine falcons can dive at speed of over 200 mph. That's fast...

Roboraptors and the Alarm Call Network

What's one way that you might study bird calls and communication, especially around alarm calls? Try revealing a predator in the forest... but not just any kind of predator. A robo-predator. ...the researchers em­...

The American Kestrel falcon’s head stabilization skills

Bertha is an American Kestrel, North America's smallest falcon. They are colorful raptors (specifically the males) with spotted plumage, including two eye-like black spots on the back of their heads that may confuse p...

What makes owls so quiet & so deadly for prey? – Deep Look

Get a close up look at the sound-muffling feathers of an owl. Add powerful low-light vision and a nocturnal nature, providing her with the cover of darkness, and the owl becomes a stealthy ambush hunter. From KQED's D...

The silent flight superpower of a stealthy predator: The Owl

It would be hard to escape a predator that has night vision, excellent hearing, and can swoop down upon prey in complete silence. In this clip from Owl Power, via Nature on PBS, an 11 year old barn owl named Kensa pro...

The Burrowing Owl’s Cozy Underground Home

Owls that live underground! The Burrowing Owl's Cozy Home is a vacant prairie dog hole, a cool alternative (around 59F or 15C) to the extreme heat above ground. They eat small rodents, insects, amphibians, and reptile...

Imping an injured owl’s wing to make it stronger

If you’re a two year old, injured snowy owl in need of some new feathers, you’ll be lucky to find yourself at a raptor center like the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota. Th...

Take a ride on an eagle’s back over France’s Rhone-Alpes

Take a ride on an eagle’s back (with the help of a small camera) over Chamonix, France in the Rhone-Alpes.

How do filmmakers get such amazing footage of birds flying?

If you’ve ever seen a clip from the BBC’s Earthflight, you’ve probably wondered how filmmakers get such amazing footage of flying from the birds’ perspectives. This is an example of just one of...

Releasing Rocky the eagle back into the wild

Eagle Valley Raptor Center cares for injured on 20 acres of land near Cheney, Kansas. In 2012, they cared for an eagle named Rocky, who was found injured and was healed at the center before ...

The Brown Owl’s remarkable head stability

Owls can exhibit a remarkable head stability during angular movement of the body about any axis passing through the skull. Behold the example video from The Vestibular System of the Owl (...

How small of a space can a Northern Goshawk fly through?

How small of a space can you fly through? This Northern Goshawk shows off its unique skills with a few lab tests filmed in ultra slooow-motion. (Updated video link.)


 
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