Migratory Birds News
May. 04, 2015
Smithsonian's National Zoo Celebrates International Migratory Bird Day with Family Events May 7 and 9
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is hosting two fun and educational events in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day.
Sep. 09, 2014
One hundred years after the extinction of the passenger pigeon, the nation's top bird science and conservation groups have come together to publish The State of the Birds 2014—the most comprehensive...
Apr. 04, 2014
How mammals use coffee landscapes and what parameters are important to enhance their habitat.
Dec. 06, 2013
Partners in the Sky: Aviation and Aerospace Industry Leaders Join The Smithsonian In Worldwide Conservation Efforts
Unlocking the mysteries of animal migration through precise, near real-time tracking can solve major conservation challenges and transform wildlife science worldwide.
Dec. 02, 2013
Press conference announcing the Partners in the Sky partnership
Aug. 29, 2013
Scientists have studied bird migration for centuries, but it remains one of nature's great mysteries.
Feb. 13, 2013
Are bird bills simply for eating or do they play a role in mating?
Nov. 14, 2012
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists and collaborators have found that the island scrub-jay's population on Santa Cruz Island—its only habitat—is significantly smaller than...
Jun. 11, 2012
Scientists from the Smithsonian and colleagues have found that waterbird communities can be the canary in the coal mine when it comes to detecting the health of urban estuary ecosystems.
Apr. 13, 2012
Human-Modified Habitats Indirectly Influence Bird-Mating Patterns, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Scientists Find
Birds provide one of the most common ways to encounter nature in cities, but few people wonder how their actions affect birds looking for love.
Dec. 27, 2011
Smithsonian Scientists Discover That Urban Songbirds Adjust Their Melodies to Adapt to Various Elements of City Life
Cities tend to be noisy places.
Jul. 27, 2011
Birds use their bills largely to forage and eat, and these behaviors strongly influence the shape and size of a bird’s bill.
Apr. 14, 2011
Many people may have heard or recognize the, teacher teacher teacher teacher song of the ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) as they walk through forested areas in North America during the spring and...
Mar. 27, 2011
Rainfall can be disruptive.
Mar. 27, 2011
Smithsonian Scientists Find that, for Birds, the Suburbs May Not Be an Ideal Place to Raise a Family
There comes a time in life for every bird to spread its wings and leave the nest, but for gray catbirds, that might be the beginning of the end.
Mar. 01, 2011
Perhaps no bird species in North American elicits a more emotional response from birders and researchers alike than the brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater; hereafter: cowbirds).
Feb. 17, 2011
Since 1948, birds have been counted in winter in a 65 acre study plot in Rock Creek Park, a large forested area in Washington, D.C.
Feb. 15, 2011
With more than 20 recognized subspecies, the song sparrow is one of the most variable bird species in North America.
Sep. 27, 2010
A Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center review of more than 50 studies in regions ranging from Central and South America to Indonesia over the past 15 years demonstrates that shade-grown coffee farms far...
Sep. 14, 2010
The least flycatcher spends most of its life in the lowlands of Mexico and Central America. It is easy to overlook with its drab coloration and size. It is only 5 inches long and weighs about the...
May. 01, 2010
One of the loudest birds that we hear in our yards is also one of the smallest. The tiny house wren weighs only 11 grams, about the same as 2 quarters, and is a mere 4 inches long.
Apr. 27, 2010
Shade-grown, Bird Friendly coffee is now available in five museum locations at the Smithsonian.
Dec. 27, 2009
Sales of organic, shade-grown coffee grown to the Bird Friendly standards of the National Zoo’s Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center rose to nearly $3.5 million in 2008.
Nov. 14, 2009
Watch a hummingbird, and you will learn quickly what it likes to eat: nectar. The ruby-throated hummingbird, like all hummingbirds, is a nectar specialist.
Oct. 15, 2009
The San Clemente sage sparrow (Amphispiza belli clementeae) is a threatened, non-migratory subspecies endemic to San Clemente Island (SCI), which is the southernmost of the California Channel Islands.