Japanese golden eagles face extinction as numbers dive

Mar 16, 2015

Japanese golden eagles face extinction as numbers dive

There are now only 500 or so Japanese golden eagles living in the wild as environmental changes deprive the birds of their habitat, according to a study by a research group. The Society for Research of Golden Eagle Japan warns that the subspecies is ...

Natural strategies to cope with winter

| Feb 7, 2015

Natural strategies to cope with winter

by Mark Brazil

Jan. 19 is officially the coldest day of winter. Called daikan (major cold), the day coincided with some truly bitter weather in northern Japan this year. The mercury plummeted to minus 27.3 in Furano, central Hokkaido, and minus 31.3 in Esashi in the southwest, ...

Jan 30, 2015

Myanmar tallies 1,114 bird species, 20 previously unrecorded

An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black-and-white falconet with a surprised, pandalike expression. The Great Frigate ...

Data confirms that 'V' formation helps birds save energy

Jan 16, 2014

Data confirms that 'V' formation helps birds save energy

The next time you see birds flying in a “V” formation, consider this: a new study says they choreograph the flapping of their wings with exquisite precision to help them on their way. That’s what scientists concluded after tracking a group of large black ...