Short Science, April 14, 2013

Fledgling pied babblers get more food. Photo: Alex Thompson

Charred food residues scraped from the world's oldest pots show humans used ceramics for cooking in the late Ice Age, long before hunter-gatherers  became farmers, a study said.

Sunday, 14 April, 2013, 2:16am

Study may prompt claws for complaint

Stray cats stand outside an apartment building. Photo: AP

Now we know why there is so much affinity between humans and cats: we are both mass killers. Next to us, it seems, those fluffy, cuddly kitties may be the greatest threat to mammalian and avian wildlife. That is at least according to a widely reported study in Nature Communications, part of the prestigious science journal's family of publications.

5 Feb 2013 - 2:36am 1 comment

Photographers putting terns in danger, say Hong Kong bird watchers

Terns that fly in to lay eggs on remote islets during summer are under threat because of growing intrusion by photographers, the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society says.

The society says the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department has turned a blind eye to the worsening problem and urges a ban on visitors landing on islets that are prime breeding grounds of the seabirds.

18 Aug 2012 - 5:17am

Polar Adventure for Ocean Park visitors

Fans of Mr Potter's Penguins can meet and greet the film's six animal stars at Ocean Park's new attraction, Polar Adventure, from July 13.

Next door to the flightless birds will be animals from the North Pole, such as spotted seals, walruses, snowy owls and arctic foxes.

4 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

In observing birds, biologist sees reflection of ourselves

As a young man at university more than 50 years ago, Gao Wu was reluctant to follow his instructors' advice and enter the field of biology. He turned out to be a pioneer in the field. Now 71, Gao has retired from teaching biology at Capital Normal University.

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Merchants enlisted sham bird's nest 'experts'

Mainland bird's nest merchants accused of selling fake or tainted products staged a press conference with Malaysian officials to defend their reputation. But the event itself was a sham and the officials were bogus.

17 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

High hopes

Each year the Beijing Raptors Rescue Centre nurses back to health more than 300 injured birds that were rescued from the wild or turned in by their captors. More than 43 types of raptor can be found year-round, as the city is on their migratory route. Some end up caught in traps, while others are injured by vehicles or predators.

30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

The Wisdom of Birds

The Wisdom of Birds by Tim Birkhead Bloomsbury HK$195

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

500th bird species spotted in Hong Kong

Birdwatchers are hailing the arrival of the 500th species of birds to be seen in Hong Kong, expanding the city's bird list to cover about a third of the species for the whole of China.

Bird lovers are also celebrating a steady rise in the species of wild birds seen in the city, at a level of four to five every year.

23 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Warning over bird flu

The public should avoid contact with live poultry and wild birds, a spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said. The warning came after tests on a dead barn swallow found that it had been infected with the H5N1 bird flu. The dead bird was found on March 26 in Castle Peak Road, Yuen Long.

2 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Men of the Forest

Bornean orangutans, also known as Men of the Forest, are endangered, with a population in the wild of between 40,000 and 70,000. They are mostly found in Malaysia and Indonesia. In the wild, they live for up to 35 years, but they can live longer in captivity. Apart from brief periods of mating and raising infants by females, they are solitary animals.

8 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Night owls and caged birds don't mix, animal-lovers tell club

Central hot spot Dragon-i is ruffling the feathers of a local animal rights group because it has caged dozens of birds and put them on display.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) Asia-Pacific says a nightclub is no place for the small winged creatures, and it should stop displaying them.

17 May 2009 - 12:00am

Contests put birds in the spotlight

If you care about nature, you may be interested in taking part in a series of competitions on the theme of birds.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Dance with the Birds 2007 contest includes two design and one dance competition.

24 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Bird-watch for charity

A bird-watching competition aimed at promoting conservation work will be held next month.

On March 11, participants in the Mini-Race Bird-watching Competition will be able to visit the normally off-limits Mai Po Nature Reserve area and watch migratory birds.

22 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Stanley residents fight planting of trees for fear of bird flu, dengue

A tree-planting programme on the Stanley waterfront is on hold after residents voiced fears the trees might attract birds and insects that could spread diseases including bird flu.

The Town Planning Board deferred a decision on a request for the number of trees to be reduced and said the government departments involved should consult the residents about their plans.

3 Feb 2007 - 12:00am