Bird-like dinosaur Archaeopteryx could fly, but not very well

World / Science & Health Mar 14, 2018

Bird-like dinosaur Archaeopteryx could fly, but not very well

The famous dino-bird Archaeopteryx may not have been a champion aviator but was fully capable of flying despite key skeletal differences from its modern cousins, according to a study. Scientists said on Tuesday they had examined Archaeopteryx's wing architecture using state-of-the-art scanning and compared it ...

Rare ptarmigan chicks hatched in breeding program at Toyama zoo

National Jun 18, 2017

Rare ptarmigan chicks hatched in breeding program at Toyama zoo

Two artificially incubated rock ptarmigan eggs have hatched in a government-backed breeding program, according to zoo officials in the city of Toyama. It was the first time that eggs from captive-bred birds of the species, similar to pheasants and grouse, were artificially incubated and hatched ...

Japanese golden eagles face extinction as numbers dive

National 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 facing ...

Natural strategies to cope with winter

Environment | WILD WATCH 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, ...