Bird Life Australia
Gang-gang Cockatoos are beloved denizens of the Australian bush—but surprisingly, these charismatic cuties are the least studied member of the cockatoo family. BirdLife Australia’s Tanya Loos uncovers some of their closely held secrets.
LAST YEAR AUSTRALIA’S interior was identified as one of the last great wilderness areas on Earth, second only to the extensive boreal forests of Russia and Canada.
Invasive species spells disaster
Just one species of invasive predatory fish has created extensive changes in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in Yellowstone National Park in the US.
Dolphins grieve for their dead
A female dolphin may carry its deceased calf around for days, until the body is in such a state of decomposition that only the head or part of the body remains.
Female birdsong ignored, researchers say
In one of the stranger expressions of gender inequality, female birdsong has been largely ignored by ornithologists, researchers claim.
The squirrels that are secretly bright pink
To human eyes, flying squirrels of the Glaucomys genus have soft brown fur, with a snowy white underside. To one another, however, and to other animals which can detect ultraviolet light, they are a vivid candy pink.
Found: a lactating spider
A new study reveals a species of jumping spider in which newly hatched young are entirely dependent on a maternally excreted milk-like substance.
The world’s only colony-building beetle
It sounds like a science fiction story starring beetles: a queen beetle, or “foundress”, establishes a colony in the trunk of a live eucalyptus tree.
The globe-trotting fungus-lover
Alison Pouliot has spent two decades following the fungi. Each year she moves between Australia and her adopted home near Bern, in Switzerland.