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What did a baby T-Rex look like?

What did a baby T-Rex look like? And what evidence do we have to help figure that out? In preparation for T. rex: The Ultimate Predator, an American Museum of Natural History exhibition, AMNH experts used cutting-edge...

The tooth-billed hummingbird’s combat moves

When it comes to nectar, the hummingbird is notorious for its highly competitive nature. "Their high-energy lifestyle compels hummingbirds to locate reliable food resources" and then to defend them once found. In the ...

An endangered Philippine Eagle chick grows up

The Philippine eagle is one of the world's largest and rarest birds of prey. Fewer than 900 adults remain on just four Philippine islands. It took four weeks of searching, seven filming platforms, and five months, to ...

Studying the oak, caterpillar, great tit food chain

Winter moth caterpillars are the favorite food of great tit birds in England's Wytham Woods. Because of this, great tit parents time their breeding so that there are lots of caterpillars to feed their hungry hatchling...

Why do geese fly in V formation?

Why do geese fly in a V formation? In this episode of World By Charlie, our friend Charlie Engelman observes some origami geese to better understand how the vortices of air behind their wings shape their signature V-f...

Biobots and the animals that inspire their designs

Review some of the cutting-edge designs inspired by the physiology of animals: Biobots. This Wired video shares how roboticists use nature's solutions to create snakebots, jumping bush baby bots, bots with gecko feet,...

Emperor penguin chicks defend against a giant petrel

How can a group of emperor penguin chicks protect themselves against predators as they take their first journey to the water without their parents? They create a defensive circle, stand as tall as they can, and peck a...

Hummingbird Battleground in the Talamanca Mountains

The presence of a backyard hummingbird feeder can reveal the competitive nature of hummingbirds. Notorious for chasing each other away from nectar sources, hummingbirds are territorial because they need to stay fueled...

Crow herding with urban falconry in Portland

“Downtown Portland seems to be a very inviting place for crows and I think the reason for that is due to the presence of garbage and food and lights and warmth, and it’s a relatively predator-free environment,” [bird ...

Dinosaurs probably didn’t roar. What did they sound like?

If birds are living dinosaurs—"the only survivors of the mass extinction that wiped out their giant relatives 65 million years ago"—then did dinosaurs really sound like the roaring mammals that we've heard in the movi...

How Animals Eat

Tiny snail teeth, deep hamster cheeks, quick Betta reflexes, axolotl patience. Watch as six animals—a snail, a katydid, a betta fish, a hamster, an axolotl, and a duckling—eat different foods in different ways. The vi...

Why can’t some birds fly?

Though the common ancestor of all modern birds could fly, many different bird species have independently lost their flight. Flight can have incredible benefits, especially for escaping predators, hunting and traveling...

Florida’s mangrove swamp ecosystem illustrated

Go on an illustrated adventure through a Florida mangrove swamp. New York Times best-selling author Rachel Ignotofsky has teamed up with animator Leo Thom and The Mangrove Action Project for this quick animated introd...

The snake-like moves of the Eurasian wryneck

The origin of putting a 'jinx' on someone has everything to do with this bird: The Eurasian wryneck or Jynx torquilla. To ward off predators, these harmless birds bend and twist their heads around in a snake-like way....

A preening stork-billed kingfisher

In order to fly at peak performance, birds must carefully maintain their feathers. This means removing dirt, excess oil, and parasites. Birds do this by running their bill from the base of a feather to the tip, a proc...

How Joe Hutto parents and talks with wild turkeys

My Life as a Turkey is the heart-warming tale of Joe Hutto, a man who raised sixteen wild turkeys from eggs to fully fledged birds. This film follows the growing birds, as Joe did, through the oak groves and cypress s...

What do bluebirds eat?

Ask any birder what birds eat and you'll hear “seeds, fruits, and insects.” But during reproduction, arguably the most important weeks of a bird’s life, 96% of North American terrestrial birds eat insects and other ar...

Over thirty hummingbirds splash & chatter in a bird bath

Flying, hopping, splashing, and chattering. More than 30 hummingbirds take a morning bath together in a Beverly Hills backyard. The footage was captured by Youtuber WildWingsLA in the spring of 2017. It's a rare treat...

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