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Bird and birdsong encounters improve mental health, study finds | Birds

One swallow may not make a summer but seeing or hearing birds does improve mental wellbeing, researchers have found. The study, led by academics from King’s College London, also found that everyday encounters with birds boosted the mood of people with depression, as well as the general population. The researchers said the findings suggested that...

Rare birds spared from cull in Essex
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Rare birds spared from cull in Essex

Claire and Jay’s sun conure parakeet was one of 43 birds that returned negative tests The owners of a private collection of rare birds have breathed “a sigh of relief” after further tests for avian flu came back negative. Government officials had already culled 206 birds from the flock in Maldon, Essex, because of an...

US sued over lack of protection plan for rare grouse
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US sued over lack of protection plan for rare grouse

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An environmental group is suing U.S. wildlife managers, saying they have failed to protect a rare grouse found in parts of the Midwest that include one of the country’s most prolific areas for oil and gas development. A lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Center for Biological Diversity says the U.S. Fish and...

Migrating birds drawn by light face higher chemical exposure
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Migrating birds drawn by light face higher chemical exposure

The American Redstart migrates through Texas along the Gulf of Mexico. Credit: Cameron Rognan/Cornell Lab of Ornithology Birds attracted by the glow of artificial light at night are drawn into areas where they are also exposed to higher concentrations of airborne toxic chemicals, according to a new study. “We examined the correlation between the concentration...

Can you change from a night owl to an early bird? Experts weigh in
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Can you change from a night owl to an early bird? Experts weigh in

Sign up for CNN’s Sleep, But Better newsletter series. Our seven-part guide has helpful hints to achieve better sleep. CNN  —  If your body and brain fail to rev up until later in the day, you’re likely a night owl, naturally programmed to enjoy staying up late and sleeping in past traditional school and work...

Scientists finally realised female robins sing just as well as males
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Scientists finally realised female robins sing just as well as males

An analysis of the songs of male and female European robins adds to growing evidence that both sexes of songbirds are talented singers Life 18 October 2022 By Christa Lesté-Lasserre A female robin Julie Bosca Female European robins (Erithacus rubecula) sing throughout autumn and winter – and their songs are just as physically and mentally...

Erect-crested penguins always reject their first egg and lay another
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Erect-crested penguins always reject their first egg and lay another

A little-known species of penguin only has the resources to raise one offspring, but an evolutionary quirk means they focus their investment on the second egg Life 12 October 2022 By Alice Klein Erect-crested penguins Lloyd Davis/University of Otago Members of a little-known species of penguin always reject the first egg they lay, possibly because...

Broads Society calls for help dealing with dead birds
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Broads Society calls for help dealing with dead birds

The Broads Society is demanding help from government after receiving calls about wild birds being found dead or dying from suspected avian flu. The government declared East Anglia to be the epicentre of the UK’s worst-ever avian flu outbreak and imposed strict biosecurity measures. Defra advice is to leave corpses alone and report findings, but...

Hunter survives grizzly bear attack in Montana
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Hunter survives grizzly bear attack in Montana

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A nearly 700-pound grizzly bear charged out of thick brush southeast of Glacier National Park, attacking and injuring a bird hunter before the man shot the animal, Montana wildlife officials said Wednesday. The 51-year-old Washington state man, whose name and hometown were not released, was left with injuries that were not...