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The birds' beauty belies their often menacing and destructive nature 

'The pecking dead': Panicked Russians contact authorities to report eerie behaviour of 'zombie pigeons'

Birds seem extremely lethargic and seemingly fearless

A giant ibis searches for food in a pond in Mondulkiri province

Hope for giant ibis as new nest is found in Cambodia

There are believed to be only 345 giant ibis remaining in the wild, but there is hope for conservationists after a nest of the endangered species was discovered in a hitherto unknown habitat in north-eastern Cambodia.

Two spurred roosters fight to the death

Princess on cockfight charge: Daughter of exiled Romanian king arrested over animal cruelty on her Oregon ranch

Blades were attached to birds' legs and paying spectators were then sold refreshments at the fights, claims federal indictment

Pensioner held hostage in house for four days because of terrifying seagulls

A pensioner became a prisoner in her own home for four days following a terrifying spate of seagull attacks.

Hen harriers are 'on brink of extinction in England,' says RSPB

Hen harriers have failed to nest successfully in England for the first time since the 1960s, conservationists have said.

How 2012 cold spring drove away long-distance migratory birds

Huge numbers of Sand Martin and Grasshopper Warbler either died or flew on the sunnier climes

The bird of prey was discovered by residents of Altinavya, a village in Elazig province, wearing a tag marked “24311 Tel Avivunia Israel.”

Kestrel suspected of being Israeli spy by Turkish authorities turns out to be just a bird

The bird of prey was discovered by residents of Altinavya, a village in Elazig province, wearing a tag marked '24311 Tel Avivunia Israel'

Hunting fears as rare golden eagles vanish in Scotland’s ‘Bermuda Triangle’

‘Highly suspicious’ disappearance of prized raptors prompts new legal measures

Horrified birdwatchers see rare White-throated Needletail killed after it flies into a wind turbine

Sightings of the White-throated Needletail are incredibly rare in the UK so when one was spotted on the the Isles of Harris it caused quite a stir

Spot the birdie - a well-camouflaged nightjar

That's in-app-ropriate! Nature reserve tells twitchers to stop using apps that mimic birdsong

The sound diverts them from the business of nesting

Conservationists hope to save the Great Indian Bustard from extinction

Rajasthan launches scheme to save the endangered Great Indian Bustard

Bird has disappeared from 90 per cent of the territory it once occupied

Feeling tired? Blame city living: Living in urban areas could have major impact on biological clocks of humans and animals, say researchers

Researchers compared the internal rhythms of blackbirds living in the countryside and in urban areas and found they differ significantly

Lydd Airport (also known as London Ashford Airport) had fewer than 500 passengers in 2011

Airport expansion on ‘vital’ nature reserve to be challenged in court

RSPB and locals will fight to protect marsh used by migratory birds at Dungeness

A pack of wild geese

Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport allowed to resume goose cull in bid to prevent bird strikes

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is expected to start gassing thousands of geese this week to prevent potentially lethal bird strikes on aircraft, after an animal rights group failed to convince a court to halt the cull.

Sir David Attenborough: Britons care more than any other nation about wildlife

Britons are the most concerned nationality when it comes to wildlife, says veteran broadcaster Sir David Attenborough.

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