Latest Birds News

2 purloined penguins returned to UK zoo; both are fine

Jan. 18, 2019 11:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Nottinghamshire Police in England have located and returned two purloined penguins missing from a local zoo since November. Police said Friday that a 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft in the case. Police say the Humboldt penguins were found Wednesday in a...

Gov't shutdown strands pelican, injured owl in Rhode Island

Jan. 12, 2019 7:04 PM EST

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (AP) — An out-of-place pelican and an injured owl will likely remain stranded at a Rhode Island wildlife facility until the end of the partial federal government shutdown. The Providence Journal reports that the juvenile brown pelican — likely steered north by high winds —...

SpaceX launches 10 more Iridium Communications satellites

Jan. 11, 2019 5:56 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A SpaceX rocket delivered 10 satellites to low-Earth orbit on Friday, completing a two-year campaign by Iridium Communications Inc. to replace its original fleet with a new generation of mobile communication technology and added global aircraft tracking capability. The Falcon 9 rocket...

The Latest: 10 new Iridium satellites delivered to orbit

Jan. 11, 2019 12:38 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the launch of 10 communications satellites by SpaceX (all times local): 9:35 a.m. Ten new satellites for Iridium Communications' global network have been successfully deployed in orbit after launch from California. The satellites were individually released from the upper...

Pigeons apparently used in illegal racing dumped in Indiana

Jan. 10, 2019 7:28 PM EST

WOLCOTT, Ind. (AP) — Police in Indiana say dozens of live pigeons found in cardboard boxes in a dumpster may have been used in races in which bets are placed on when the birds will arrive at their roosts after being released elsewhere. State police said Thursday that Trooper David Vido found 57 pigeons in...

Court action limits shelf life for foie gras in California

Jan. 8, 2019 3:23 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If you're a lover of liver from duck or geese, your days of gorging on the delicacy are numbered in California. A state ban of the dish known as foie gras (fwah-GRAH') was upheld after the U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal by farms that raise the engorged birds and...

Oregon State Police seek killer of adult bald eagle

Jan. 3, 2019 12:52 PM EST

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife officers are seeking information on the person or people who shot and killed an adult bald eagle in Douglas County. Tips that lead to an arrest could lead to an award. OSP said Thursday the eagle was found shot in the neck with a small caliber...

Rome zoo opens new area for African penguins

Dec. 27, 2018 3:09 PM EST

ROME (AP) — A new area for penguins opened at Rome's Bioparco zoo on Thursday. The 18 African penguins arrived in the Italian capital from zoos in Turin, northern Italy, and Bristol, England. The transfer was part of the European Endangered Species Program, which aims to preserve a population of healthy...

Police rescue hawk trapped in Penn Station

Dec. 24, 2018 10:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York City have captured an "early bird" at Penn Station. The New York Post reports workers with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority called police for help Sunday night after a red-shouldered hawk that was chasing a pigeon ended up in a transit booth. Police say Detective...

Sierra off-roaders sue US over grouse in Nevada, California

Dec. 24, 2018 2:45 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Off-road vehicle enthusiasts are suing the U.S. Forest Service over the bistate sage grouse in Nevada and California, arguing that a protection plan enacted this year could increase fire danger across rangeland habitat of the bird already proposed for threatened status. The California...