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How Do Birds Eat If They Have No Teeth?
Most people, even most kids, know that birds have no teeth. Likewise, it’s common knowledge that quite a few birds consume almost exclusively hard foods such as grains and seeds. So so how do birds digest these tough morsels if they can’t chew them into more edible pieces? The answer…

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Why Cowbirds Lay Eggs In Other Birds’ Nests
After reading a recent blog entry about brood parasitism in cliff swallows, a number of readers wanted to know more about the well-known sort of brood parasitism practiced by cowbirds. If a vote were taken tomorrow to find the most popular bird in the country, it’s doubtful that the cowbird…

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Now You See Me—And Now You Don’t
Blend for Your Life! Some animals run for their lives when they sense danger, but others do the opposite: they stand still. These animals blend in so well with their backgrounds they are safer if they freeze in the presence of danger. On the other hand some predators on the…

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Why Do Bird Eggs Vary In Shape and Color?
Ever wonder why birds lay eggs of different colors and shapes? There’s a good reason for just about everything we encounter in nature and, as you’d expect, eggs are no exception.  While we tend to not talk much about bird nests at eNature.com because we just don’t want to encourage…

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Nature’s Oscar-winning Performances
Coral snakes have their venom, skunks have their smell, and porcupines have their quills. But then there are some creatures, the artists of the animal world, that depend on fine acting to protect themselves from harm. And while their performances probably appear to most observers more akin to The Exorcist …

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Born to Run…  Or Walk Or Swim Or Fly.  Why Some Creatures Are More Mature Than Others At Birth
Why are some creatures born well-developed and able to elude predators while others need constant attention from their parents to survive? You’re standing by a pond. It’s spring, and a female Wood Duck is leading a flotilla of newborn ducklings across the water. The ducklings mimic their mother, dabbling at…

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The Fish That Does It All:  Cleaning Coral, Making White Sand And Even Changing Gender!
It’s a Bird! It’s a Fish! It’s Supermale! It’s the parrotfish, a fish that looks like a bird! But it’s no ordinary fish: it’s a female, it’s a male, it’s a supermale! Why there are even supermale Queen and supermale Princess Parrotfish. And not only that, these strange, bird-like, gaudily…

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Bad Parents?  Or Smart Ones?
Cliff Swallows are colonial—that is, they nest in colonies, sometimes numbering in the thousands of birds. In many ways the members of a colony appear to display remarkable social cohesiveness. They work together to mob predators and will even learn from each other where the good food sources are. But…

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How To Tell The Difference Between A Crocodile And An Alligator
A Florida couple recently had a late night encounter with what they thought was an American Crocodile while taking a moon-light kayak trip.  From the pictures in the media afterwards, they’re fortunate to be around to tell the story. While the jury is still out on whether what they met…

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