Tuesday, 29 November, 2022

Topic: Birds

Albatrosses are often shown as perfect couples. But here’s why wandering ones get ‘divorced’

Nearly 24 per cent of wandering albatrosses are reared by a male who is not their genetic father. Not quite the tender idyll we are led to believe.

Polly’s got a third leg! Parrots are tripods, use beak as extra ‘limb’ to climb, new study finds

New York researchers documented lovebirds using their beaks to propel their bodies while climbing. Peer-reviewed findings published Wednesday in the 'Proceedings of the Royal Society B'.

This owl flew from Europe to India & was nearly killed by heatwave. Now, it’s ready to take off

The 'short-eared' owl was found near a Pune grassland, severely dehydrated and unable to lift its head or fly. It was then taken to the RESQ Wildlife Treatment Transit Centre.

Peace on Pakistan border boosts J&K’s Gharana Wetland, 15 new migratory bird species show up

On World Wetlands Day, here's a look at how J&K's Gharana Wetland seems to have benefited from India & Pakistan reiterating their ceasefire last year.

Corbett beyond tiger safaris — explore it for different animal sightings & experiences

From forests, temples, adventure activities, nature trails to the rich Kumaoni heritage, explorers can never get bored of the Corbett national park.

Salim Ali wasn’t just your next-door bird lover. He conducted India’s first systematic survey

India is dotted with sanctuaries, institutions and birds named after Salim Ali. He loved birds without academic jargon and sentimentality.

‘Birds of India’ — an exhibition of East India Company paintings by ‘unknown’ Indian artists

Curated by Dr Giles Tillotson, the exhibition by art company DAG showcases 125 paintings of Indian birds commissioned by East India Company.

This bird has become the world’s first ‘digital species’ for conservation

The Seychelles magpie-robin is being offered as a limited-edition non-fungible token – a one-of-a-kind of digital content linked to an image or video.

Bird flu found in migratory birds in Himachal, cases in 4 other states — all you need to know

Around 1,800 migratory birds were found dead in Himachal's Pong Dam Lake in Kangra district. Cases have also been reported from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana & Kerala.

Climate change clips nightingales’ wings, making them less likely to survive migration: Study

A new study has found that natural selection driven by climate change is causing nightingales to evolve with shorter wings.

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In Gujarat, voters want BJP’s alternative but not of Modi

After ruling Gujarat for 27 years, BJP knows how to shield election outcomes from ground realities such as people’s hardships, leaderless govt and corrupt bureaucracy.
File photo of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar | Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via Reuters

Modi govt asked by sanction-hit Russia for parts for key sectors, says report

Moscow has sent India a list of over 500 products including parts for cars, aircraft and trains for delivery as sanctions squeeze Russia's ability to keep vital industries running.


Illustration: Soham Sen | The Print

Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.