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By Franz Lidz / April 2018 /The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century / Smithsonian/ The curious case of a young American’s brazen raid on a British museum’s priceless collection. Of all the eccentrics cataloged by “Monty...read more
Written by CORNELIA DEAN Watercolor by Sarah Stone / from Beautiful Birds In 1812, John James Audubon filled a wooden box with about 200 of his paintings of American birds and left it with a relative for safekeeping while he went off on one of his many trips. When...read more
By Sara Barnes Historic Ottoman architecture was designed to accommodate more than its human inhabitants. Birds, in their own unique way, were welcomed to the ornate structures with their own avian-sized palaces that look just like miniature versions of the larger...read more
Article from My Modern Met Commissioned by Tokyo Midtown—an art and design-focused urban district in the heart of Japan’s capital city—illustrator Ryo Takemasa created an illustrated “handbook” of Tokyo’s most common Japanese birds. Made in collaboration with graphic...read more
By TIM REQUARTH and MEEHAN CRIST Babies learn to speak months after they begin to understand language. As they are learning to talk, they babble, repeating the same syllable (“da-da-da”) or combining syllables into a string (“da-do-da-do”). Do humans learn to speak...read more
Author: Janine Burke Research Fellow, School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, Monash University Can the nests of some birds be regarded as works of art, as aesthetic creations worthy of our admiration? Charles Darwin wrote in The Descent of Man that...read more
FROM YOUTUBE VIDEO Hummingbirds of California--- some stay, some come to breed & some are passing through. Appearing here are Allen's, Anna's, Black-Chinned, Calliope, Costa's and Rufous Hummingbird. Enjoy. Special thanks for the people that filmed these. To see more...read more
Written By Kate Kondayen, Harvard Correspondent Growing up in the late 18th century, John James Audubon regularly skipped school and headed to the fields, spending his early years developing the techniques that led to his career as a famed naturalist who made...read more
By Mika McKinnon These days, a new feathered dinosaur may seem like just another addition to the growing catalog of these ancient beasts. But the latest fossil wasn’t just feathered, it was delightfully colorful. Sublimely preserved, the critter was dubbed Caihong...read more
Sculpture by Dave Towey, Richard Major, Michael Thomas Hill, Richard Wong (in Sydney Australia) and research scientist, Richard Major. Suspended above Angel Place, a pedestrian lane that runs between George and Pitt Streets in Sydney, there are scores of cages. In...read more
By Alastair Sooke A 362-year-old painting of a tiny bird has become one of the most popular of its time. But will we ever know what The Goldfinch means? On the face of it, it couldn’t be simpler: a small, charming painting, on a wooden panel, depicting a goldfinch...read more
Hurricane season takes toll on birds Massive storms can be a major setback to populations of already endangered species.
By VAL CUNNINGHAM~ A ruby-throated hummingbird clings to a twig whipping in the wind in coastal Louisiana, waiting out the worst of Hurricane Harvey before its 500-mile flight across the Gulf of Mexico on the way to Costa Rica. An Eastern meadowlark, on its way from...read more