Blogs & Videos: Birds

Botflies, Chicago Parakeets, and the Smallest Collection | Ask Emily #13

Mmmmm. Botflies.  Got a question? Give us a call! +1 (315) 367-2667 - aka 315-Em-Scoop !!! For more science stories and updates, check out our new series, 'Natural News from The Field Museum'! We're alternating that show with Brain Scoop episodes to keep things EXCITING! More info and Links!  Dinosaur Discovery & Updates on Cloud Rats | Natural News from The Field Museum | Ep. 1

Sex Lives of Peregrine Falcons & Time Travel Discoveries | Ep. 2

In this week’s episode of Natural News from The Field Museum, we’ve got updates about the sex lives of peregrine falcons, mouse lemurs as time machines, and new research on the formation of our solar system!  Papers/Articles: 1. Peregrine Promiscuity. 

“Sex in the City: Breeding behavior of urban peregrine falcons in the Midwestern US,“ Caballero et al. PLOS One (2016)

Side by side illustrations of an antelope-like animal and a falcon

Extreme Animals Competition: Pronghorn v. Peregrine Falcon

In our Extreme Animals Competition, we’re looking at some of the fastest, fiercest, and strongest members of the animal kingdom. Representing the Speedy Sprinters category, the pronghorn and the peregrine falcon are two of the quickest animals on land and in the sky. Pronghorn: Outrunning the competition Vital stats: 

Nesting: How Scientific Collections Helped Reveal an Artist’s Inspiration

The Field Museum is home to 30 million specimens that get sent around the world—most of the time, they’re used for scientific research, but this time, they wound up in an art museum right here in Chicago. The Art Institute of Chicago has a new exhibition featuring Van Gogh’s paintings of bedrooms that explores his artistic influences and the concept of home. His fascination with homes included a collection of birds’ nests that became the subject matter of several of his paintings.