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Flying in a V formation is more efficient, and birds are able to match their wingbeats with the bird in front to make it even more efficient.

The smaller the animal, the slower it seems to see time pass – this could be why flies find it so easy to avoid our rolled up newspapers.

See the original research in Animal Behaviour.

Penguins can’t fly because their wings have become adapted for swimming. The guillemot, which is very closely related, can only just fly, but like the penguin is excellent at diving.

Domestic cats in the US kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds a year, and between 6.9 billion and 20.7 billion mammals a year, though most of these are feral cats.

Read the original paper in Nature Communications.

City birds have been spotted using cigarette butts to make their nests. Birds have long used plants that keep away parasites as anti-pest warfare in their nests, and this may be a modern variation, as nicotine is an effective pesticide.

Read the original paper in Biology Letters.

Balearic shearwaters have single-sex migrations. The male and female seabirds seem to migrate separately, with females spending longer away.

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