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Robot Hummingbird Films Butterflies

Robot Hummingbird Films Butterflies

Nature photographers John Downer Productions flew a realistic, robotic hummingbird deep into a forest packed with hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies. The drone captured amazing footage of the swarm as they awoke from their long winter’s nap in Mexico. From the BBC Series Spy in the Wild.

Vulture Visits Paragliders

Vulture Visits Paragliders

While enjoying a tranquil tandem paraglider flight over Andalucia, the folks from Skywings Adventures made a new friend while airborne. We’re impressed that the pilot didn’t drop his selfie stick when a huge vulture momentarily landed on it.

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Birds in Bubbles

Birds in Bubbles

Researchers in London, England used a fascinating method to view the aerodynamic properties of flight. Using helium-filled soap bubbles, they were able to visualize the vortices created by birds’ wings, and made interesting observations about the role their tail feathers play in flight. Details here.

Hummingbird Feathers Playing Cards

Hummingbird Feathers Playing Cards

Marvelous Decks‘ created this colorful deck inspired by our tiny feathered friends. Holographic foil can be found throughout the deck, while the tuck case adds sculpted embossing and multiple foils for added effect. Available in red, blue, or purple. The gilded three-pack is extra special. Pre-orders start shipping 1.2021.

Feather (Launch Trailer)

Feather (Launch Trailer)

Australian indie developer Samurai Punk created this relaxing game in which you assume the role of a bird, and fly around a vast island. As you explore and take in the colorful scenery, the weather and time of day gradually change, accompanied by a soothing ambient soundtrack. Available now on PS4, Switch, PC, and Xbox One.

Feeding Flamingos

Feeding Flamingos

Among the various residents of the San Diego Zoo are a number of delightfully pink flamingos. For fun, the zoo shared footage of the lanky birds as they poke their heads beneath the water in search of food. The flamingos have filtering plates in their mouths which sort out tasty morsels like tiny shrimp and other small critters.

True Facts About Hummingbirds

True Facts About Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are most amazing creatures on the planet. Having to stay airborne for the vast majority of their lives, their tiny hearts thump up to 1260 beats per second as they buzz around sipping twice their body weight each day in nectar. ZeFrank offers up a few more interesting facts about these insect-sized birds.

The Runaway Duck

The Runaway Duck

Cats and birds aren’t supposed to get along, but in the world of Aaron’s Animals, resident kitty Prince Michael has been raising a bunch of ducklings. But when one of the fuzzy little guys struggles to be accepted by his brothers, he makes a break for it, and falls in with a bad crowd. Best watched with Closed Captions on.

Are Parrots OP?

Are Parrots OP?

In the grand scheme of the meta, birds seem like they wouldn’t rank very highly, and parrots’ flamboyant looks are anything but stealthy. TierZoo explains how the colorful birds are quite capable of holding their own, thanks to their sharp claws and beaks, agility, and superior smarts.

Ultimate Squirrel-proof Feeder

Ultimate Squirrel-proof Feeder

Like many of us, engineer Mark Rober has a backyard bird feeder. He also faces the common problem of squirrels pilfering bird seed. So what did he do? He and his buddy created an overly-complicated solution to the problem, frustrating fluffy-tailed rodents with an American Squirrel Warrior obstacle course.

The Plantyflutsizer

The Plantyflutsizer

Artist and musician Bichopalo makes unusual electromechanical musical instruments which incorporate organic shapes and plant life. At the center of the magical Plantyflutesizer is a spherical birdhouse, where his avian pals Pico and Verdi take up residence and enjoy a soothing ambient tune.

Bird on a Skateboard

Bird on a Skateboard

2020 is off to a hell of a vicious start, and it’s The Awesomer’s job to offer up some distractions from the madness around us. This video of a bird riding a skateboard should help distract you for the next 40 seconds or so. Meanwhile, we’ll get back to work filling your web browser with more innocuous stuff.

True Facts About the Ostrich

True Facts About the Ostrich

“Just one of your eyeballs is bigger than your whole brain.” Zefrank has a thing or three to say about the lanky and awkward flightless bird, most of it unflattering. On the other hand, they’re faster than you, so they’ve got that going for them. They also have a way with the lady ostriches.

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World’s Loudest Bird

World’s Loudest Bird

Procnias albus – aka the white bellbird – has a call that sounds more like a fire alarm than something that should come out if its beak. The dove-sized bird can belt out a noise that registers up to 124.5 decibels. That’s nine decibels louder than the previous record holder, the screaming piha, and roughly as loud as a pile driver.

The Falconeer (Teaser)

The Falconeer (Teaser)

We don’t know too much about the upcoming game The Falconeer, but it’s clear from the teaser trailer that the open-world fantasy RPG looks gorgeous – and involves dogfighting between giant birds – and that sounds pretty awesome to us.

A Song About Birds

A Song About Birds

(PG-13: Language) The Van Vuuren Bros. present a little song about our fine-feathered friends, most of whom they really like, except maybe one. If you thought pigeons were rats with wings, wait until you meet a flock of Ibises down under.

Catastrophe

Catastrophe

A cat is tempted by a little bird in a cage, but its owner is having none of that. Despite the cat’s best intentions to honor its master’s wishes, all hell breaks loose as soon as she leaves the house. A hilarious and dark slapstick animation by director Jamille van Wijngaarden and keplerfilm.

SkateBIRD

SkateBIRD

This lighthearted game puts you in control of a little bird who’s learning to fly – on a skateboard. The tiny skatepark is made up of office supplies like staplers, scissors, and sticky notes, offering a fun place for our avian friends to take flight. Grab the Alpha demo version of the game here.

Our Planet: Birds of Paradise

Our Planet: Birds of Paradise

Netflix shares a wonderful bit of footage from the David Attenborough-narrated series Our Planet, introducing us to a few species of exotic birds residing in New Guinea, highlighted by the western parotia, a fastidious little fellow who must put on quite the show to attract a mate.

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds

The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America is the perfect reference book for identifying our flying friends (and enemies). It features 50 snarky descriptions of annoying, dumb, and stupid looking avians you might find in your backyard.

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Vintage Camper Birdhouses

Vintage Camper Birdhouses

These small wooden birdhouses from OneManOne Garage are inspired by the look of classic Scotty campers. Each one comes flat-packed and ready to assemble without glue. Available fully-painted or unpainted if you want to do your own decodrating.

GoPro Eagle Cam

GoPro Eagle Cam

To further demonstrate the HyperSmooth stabilization tech in the GoPro HERO7 Black, the company dropped this video, featuring a trained eagle fitted with a special harness and one of their latest action cams, providing a literal bird’s-eye view of a soccer stadium.

Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey

We always thought the whole gobble gobble sound that turkeys made was gibberish, but as naturalist and author Joe Hutto explained on the BBC series Natural World, these big birds actually have a whole lot to say, and are much smarter than you might think.

Heavy Metal Bird Sounds

Heavy Metal Bird Sounds

(PG-13: Language) There’s a whole lot of screeching and squawking going on in heavy metal music. Two Minutes to Late Night sat down with bird expert Tom Stevenson of BirdGenie to see if he could identify which birds various metal vocalists sound like.

The Eagle Wannabe

The Eagle Wannabe

Le Corbeau voulant imiter l’Aigle, or The Raven Who Wished to Imitate the Eagle, is an amusing animated tale of envy set in the world of ornithology from YouTube member Fou Dubulbe. Because jealousy and irony aren’t just limited to the human world.

How Do Birds Learn to Sing?

How Do Birds Learn to Sing?

Birds can make some crazy noises, from mimicking sounds of their environment to singing repetitive patterns unique to their species. TED-Ed looks at the ways in which our fine feathered friends pick up their songs, and carry them on generation after generation.

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