Birds reveal the importance of good neighbours for health and ageing

Birds who live next door to family members or to other birds they know well are physically healthier and age more slowly, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Credit: University of East Anglia

Breeding Zebra Finches

Finches are popular pets with lively personalities and hearty constitutions and breeding them is also relatively easy. Some of the easiest types of finch to breed are the Society and Zebra finch. There are even some breeds which will help raise the young of other species such as the Australian Grass finch, and the Zebra finch is one such breed.

Breeding Zebra Finches

Pet Birds’ Basic Needs

Parrots are just some of the birds that are usually selected as pets. Parrots, aside from having beautiful colors that are nice to look at, can perform tricks that are fun to watch. And since they give us fun and enjoyment, it is also but proper to take care of them well.

Pet Birds’ Basic Needs

How to Take Care of Cockatoos

Cockatoo is one of the types of birds that are commonly kept as pets. They look good especially because of the crest of feathers on their heads that they can raise or lower. They are also interesting to keep because they can perform stunts and acrobatics. They are not very difficult to take care of except that they have curved bills that are very powerful. They are often noisy too. Here is a bird care guide that you can follow for your pet birds like cockatoo.

How to Take Care of Cockatoos

A Simple Bird Care Guide

Birds are good choices for pets. They can be handled freely and they are also nice to look at. Others are fun to watch when they perform tricks and stunts.  How do you take care of pet birds properly? Here is a bird care guide that you can follow.

A Simple Bird Care Guide

House sparrow decline linked to air pollution and poor diet

Despite being well-adapted to urban life, house sparrow numbers are falling. A study in open-access journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution finds that compared to sparrows living in the country, urban-dwelling birds show clear signs of stress linked to the toxic effects of air pollution and an unhealthy diet. This could have health implications for people living in cities.

House sparrow decline linked to air pollution and poor diet

Birds choose mates with ornamental traits

A recurring theme in nature documentaries is that of choosy females selecting brightly colored males. A new study shows that, in monogamous mating systems, male birds may select their lifelong mates in much the same way.

Birds choose mates with ornamental traits
An adult mute swan (Cygnus olor) in a pond near Vrhnika, Slovenia. Credit: Wikimedia

Euwing Mutation in Lovebirds

The Euwing mutation remains a mystery to most Agapornis breeders in Spain, but thanks to a recent visit to the BVA show and some conversations with Dirk Van den Abeele and Piet Verhijde, today we are able to understand more about this fascinating mutation. Let us make a brief introduction for those who are not yet familiar with it.


Euwing Mutation



In brain evolution, size matters

Which came first, overall bigger brains or larger brain regions that control specialized behaviors? Neuroscientists have debated this question for decades, but a new Cornell University study settles the score.

An African sedge warbler, a species with a simple song that is also adapted to eating insects. Credit: Jordan Moore