Article, Science

Gulls Turn Cannibal on Sundays

Matt Soniak

Ah Sunday. The day of rest. A day for sleeping in, having a big brunch and watching bad action movies on basic cable. A day for murdering your own children and consuming their bodies.

Four Different Species Use the Same Odor to Exploit Each Other

Matt Soniak

Chemical warfare. Hijacked communications. Stowaways. Eavesdropping. Sounds like the makings of a spy movie, but it’s just another day in nature.

Galapagos Birds Beat Bloodsuckers with Pesticide-Lined Homes

Matt Soniak

In the 1990s, the fly Philornis downsi was accidentally introduced to the Galapagos Islands, probably in a shipment of fruit.

A Treasure Trove of Parasitic Wasps

Matt Soniak

For the last three decades, scientists in the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG), a roughly one-thousand-square-kilometer chunk of forest in northwestern Costa Rica, have been inventorying and rear

Some Animals Give Poison Presents

Matt Soniak

The Orange Cave Crocodiles of Gabon

Matt Soniak

In 2010, a group of scientists went on an expedition into the Abanda caves in the rainforest of Gabon.

Birds Steer Clear of Invisible Roads

Matt Soniak

Forget about whether the chicken crossed the road or not. The question for some scientists is why other birds won’t even come near a roadway.

These Baby Birds Puke on Predators with Third-Hand Weapons

Matt Soniak

When Eurasian rollers feed their babies grasshoppers, centipedes, and other insects, the chicks aren’t just getting the nutrition they need to grow—they’re getting an arsenal.

Some Birds Benefit From Having Parasites

Matt Soniak

Some Bats Call “Dibs” on Food

Matt Soniak

It’s not just me and my brothers and sisters that warn each other to back off from our food: Scientists now think that bats do it, too.

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