The Great Commonwealth Bird Fight: Round 1 – Flyweight

  Steph Jones over at Zoologist Jones recently challenged me, and the rest of merry old  England, to an Australia vs. England avian showdown. The idea is that hopefully we will be able to highlight some of our representative nation’s greatest bird species, as well as adding a little fuel to the commonwealth rivalry fire. … More The Great Commonwealth Bird Fight: Round 1 – Flyweight

Going Ballistic – The Mantis Shrimp’s Superfast Punches

Two recent articles in the most recent issue of Journal of Experimental Biology (JEB) featured animals that possess impressive “ballistic movements”, which sparked my interest in the mechanics of superfast motion. This is the first in a series of blog posts featuring animals that are capable of performing incredible high-velocity movements. What Are Ballistic Movements? … More Going Ballistic – The Mantis Shrimp’s Superfast Punches

Amazing Species Profile: Secretary Bird!

Welcome to Bird Brained Science’s first Amazing Species Profile! For my first profile, I thought it only right to present my all-time favourite species of bird! Give it up, for the fabulous secretary bird! I had the pleasure of seeing these magnificent birds in South Africa during an undergraduate field trip and have been captivated … More Amazing Species Profile: Secretary Bird!

The Day Twitter Went to the Birds

Something ruffled the Twittersphere’s feathers today. Chris Hardwick, CEO of Nerdist and host of the late-night talkshow Midnight on Comedy Central, encouraged viewers of the show and Twitter followers alike to post their best bird-related celebrity puns with the hashtag #birdcelebs. Unsurprisingly, Twitter users took to this like a swarm of ants on a Photoshop … More The Day Twitter Went to the Birds