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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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India’s facing a bird extinction crisis. They need attention that only wild animals get

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Population of over 100 species of Indian birds on decline, claims first-of-its-kind report

The study, titled State of India’s Birds 2020, states raptors, migratory seabirds & habitat specialist birds were most affected in past decades.
Image of a dead bird at Sambhar Salt Lake in Rajasthan rg

Bird species today are dying out a hundred times faster than we thought

Based on Red List numbers, the expected lifespan of a species living today is only about 5,000 years — this is six times worse than the historical rate.
A dead bird found at Sambhar Lake, Rajasthan | Photo: Bahar Dutt

Illegal salt mining under scanner for mass death of birds at Rajasthan’s Sambhar Lake

Vets’ preliminary reports suggest cause of death as avian botulism, but could extraction of water & high sodium content in the lake have led to the mass deaths?

World’s largest eagle ‘rescued’ in Odisha, but experts say ‘doesn’t look like it’

The Odisha forest department has identified rescued eagle as Philippine eagle. Experts say it looks like a crested serpent eagle.
Bird eggs have always come in a multitude of colours, patterns and sizes | Pixabay

Bird eggs come in different colours for temperature control, finds new study

Dark pigmentation allows eggs to absorb more sunlight, thus maintaining their internal temperature for long, shows study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution.
Silhouette of a bird seen against flames of a forest fire at Bandipur Tiger Reserve | PTI

If climate change doesn’t slow down, many bird species will be on brink of extinction

A new study has found that birds are changing their reproduction and migration patterns to cope with the climate crisis but not fast enough.

Human noises create havoc for birds, even prevent them from reproducing, says new study

The study by Queen’s University Belfast is the first to establish a link between human-induced noise pollution and decline of bird population.

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Covid-19 put brake to academic activity, but digital libraries can ensure continuity

Covid-19 has paced up the transition to distance learning. While institutes are racing to shift courses online, students are engaging en masse with e-books.

Can India balance its domestic pharma needs and also be a global player in Covid-19 fight?

India has lifted the ban on the export of 24 pharmaceutical ingredients, including anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine.


A picture of items found on the dead terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir's Keran sector. | Photo: By special arrangement

Masala tikka-flavoured snacks to AK-47s: What 5 slain Lashkar terrorists brought from Pakistan

Indian Army calls Pakistan's complicity in aiding and abetting infiltration, especially at a time when the world is fighting coronavirus, 'reprehensible'.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.