Article, Science

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.

This Carnivorous Plant Uses A Catapult

Matt Soniak

Carnivorous plants are pretty awesome, taking revenge on the animal kingdom for our plant-eating ways, but they lack a certain sense of the dramatic.

The Curious Case of the Flying Communist Bears

Matt Soniak

There was something off about some of the bears. They didn’t belong there.

These Spiders Use Unlikely Bodyguards

Matt Soniak

Many ant species are territorial and aggressive. That maybe wouldn’t be so bad if ants were loners, but they tend to stick together in groups, sometimes tens of thousands strong.

Meet the Owl that Fishes with Feces

Matt Soniak

Back in the early 2000s, ornithologist Doug Levey was teaching a course at the University of Florida when he had a weird idea about poop.

Tape, Glue, and New Kakapo

Matt Soniak

When I wrote about the kakapo—a chubby, flightless parrot that looks like a parakeet crossed with an owl crossed with a Muppet—last year, a group of the birds had recently arrived at their new home on

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