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Judge invalidates Trump rollback of law protecting birds

Aug. 12, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. judge in New York has invalidated rule changes put in place by the Trump administration that scaled back a century-old law protecting most American wild bird species despite warnings that billions of birds could die as a result. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni's ruling Tuesday...

In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 photo provided by Salins de Camargue, flamingo experts surroung babies pink flamingos in Aigues-Mortes, the Camargue region, southern France, to gather and put bands on baby birds so scientists can track their migration. The numbers of pink flamingos may be the highest since experts began keeping records 45 years ago, said Thierry Marmol, guardian of the lands. France's two months of strict confinement may well be the reason. (Fabrice Pavanello, Salins de Camargue via AP)

Eye candy: More than 50,000 pink flamingos mass in France

Aug. 7, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Behold a treat for the eyes! Tens of thousands of pink flamingos have amassed in the wetlands of southern France along with their offspring still lacking flamboyant plumage. The long-legged birds resembling ballerinas in tutus have long drawn tourists to the marshes in the Camargue region...

Markings points to a patch of penguin guano on an image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite mission Aug. 26, 2019. British scientists say they've confirmed that there are more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than previously thought. Researchers at the British Antarctic Survey used satellite images to spot tell-tale evidence of bird droppings. (Copernicus Sentinel-2/ESA via AP)

Poop scoop: Satellite images reveal Antarctic penguin haunts

Aug. 5, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — British scientists say there are more emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica than previously thought based on evidence of bird droppings spotted from space. A study published Wednesday by scientists at the British Antarctic Survey counted 61 emperor penguin colonies dotted around the...

FILE - In this March 23, 2018 file photo, a whooping crane, a critically endangered species, flies over a crawfish pond in Jefferson Davis Parish, La. A man who admitted that he and a juvenile shot and killed two whooping cranes in 2016 must pay $85,000 and cannot hunt until he completes 360 hours of public service. The sentence given Thursday, July 30, 2020 to Kaenon Constantin of Rayne is the toughest ever in Louisiana for a crime involving one of the endangered birds, the International Crane Foundation said in a news release.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Judge orders man to pay $85K in deaths of 2 whooping cranes

Jul. 31, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A man who admitted that he and a juvenile shot and killed two whooping cranes in 2016 must pay $85,000 and cannot hunt until he completes 360 hours of public service. The sentence given Thursday to Kaenon Constantin of Rayne is the toughest ever in Louisiana for a crime involving one...

Spain's Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez during day one of the Hero Open golf tournament at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club in Birmingham, England, Thursday July 30, 2020. (Mike Egerton/PA via AP)

Garcia Rodriguez shoots course record 62 to lead Hero Open

Jul. 30, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez led a Spanish charge in the European Tour’s latest stop in England, shooting a course-record 10-under 62 in the opening round of the Hero Open on Thursday. Garcia Rodriguez set the pace at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel and Country Club...

In this photo taken and released by Leanne Byrne, an emu named Carol, three years old and raised from an egg, walks around behind a fence, July 5, 2020, in Yaraka, in the Longreach Region, Queensland, Australia, population 13. An Australian Outback pub has banned two emus, Carol and another, for “bad behavior” after they learned to climb the stairs and created havoc inside. The two large, flightless birds were already adept at stealing food from people in a lightly populated Queensland state outpost. (Leanne Byrne via AP)

Australian Outback pub bans messy emus for 'bad behavior'

Jul. 28, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian Outback pub has banned emus for “bad behavior,” and erected barriers to prevent the large, flightless birds from creating havoc inside. Locals and tourists have been bemused by the antics of the emus eager to steal food from people in Yaraka, a remote...

A member of a voluntary fire brigade hold an young owl after the rescue of the animal from the bottom of an old well at the Siegesburg castle in Bad Segeberg, Germany, Saturday, July 25, 2020. Before sending a firefighter down the 40 meter, 130 feet, well-shaft to save the eagle-owl, rescue workers determined the oxygen levels at the bottom were very low. They pumped fresh air into the well using long tubes connected to an oxygen bottle as a precaution before a firefighter, wearing his own oxygen mask, rappelled down and rescued the bird. ( Freiwillge Feuerwehr Bad Segeberg via AP)

German firefighters rescue owl trapped in old castle's well

Jul. 27, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Firefighters in northern Germany have rescued a young owl trapped in a 40-meter (130-foot) well shaft, following an hours-long operation in which oxygen was pumped into the depths before a rescuer could rappel down to save the bird. Authorities said a member of the public called firefighters...

This 2018 photo provided by Paolo David Escobar shows a male Hillstar hummingbird perched on a Chuquiraga jussieui flower in Ecuador. A study released on Friday, July 17, 2020 finds that the species of hummingbirds can sing and hear frequencies beyond the range of other birds. The unusually high-pitched songs may help the birds woo above background noises in their windy, mountain environment. (Paolo David Escobar/Neoselva Photography via AP)

Ecuadorian hummingbirds chirp ultrasonic songs of seduction

Jul. 17, 2020 2:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Perched on a flowering shrub on a windy Andean mountainside, the tiny Ecuadorian Hillstar hummingbird chirps songs of seduction that only another bird of its kind can hear. As the male sings, he inflates his throat, causing iridescent throat feathers to glisten princely purple. The female...

In this undated photo provided by Facundo Vital in July 2020, an Andean condor soars above the Patagonian steppe in Argentina. To birds, the sky is not empty, but a landscape of invisible features – wind gusts, currents of warm rising air, and streams of air pushed upward by ground features like mountains. Learning to ride air currents allows some birds to travel long distances while minimizing the exertion of beating their wings.  (Facundo Vital via AP)

Fly without flapping? Andean condors surf air 99% of time

Jul. 13, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study sheds light on just how efficiently the world’s largest soaring bird rides air currents to stay aloft for hours without flapping its wings. The Andean condor has a wingspan stretching to 10 feet and weighs up to 33 pounds, making it the heaviest soaring bird alive...

Gary Strafford, a Zimbabwean falconer, holds an owl inside one of the cages at his bird sanctuary, Kuimba Shiri, near Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, June, 17, 2020. Kuimba Shiri, Zimbabwe's only bird park, has survived tumultuous times, including violent land invasions and a devastating economic collapse. Now the outbreak of COVID-19 is proving a stern test. With Zimbabwe’s inflation currently at more than 750%, tourism establishments are battling a vicious economic downturn worsened by the new coronavirus travel restrictions. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe bird sanctuary has 400 species, not enough tourists

Jul. 11, 2020 3:08 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A fish eagle swoops over the water to grab a fish in its talons and then flies to its nest. Nearby are a martial eagle, a black eagle, an Egyptian vulture and hundreds of other birds. With an estimated 400 species of birds on an idyllic spot on Zimbabwe's Lake Chivero, about 40...