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New Study: Migratory Birds Are Shrinking As a Consequence of Climate Change

A University of Michigan-led study of approximately 70,000 North American migratory birds from 52 species found that body sizes have decreased and wing length has increased in all of the species since 1978. 

David Willard, a Field Museum ornithologist, has measured the Windy City's dead birds since 1978. Data from his calipers and scales reveal decades-long trends in bird bodies: Their legs, on average, are growing shorter. They have lost weight. Their wings are getting slightly longer.
These changes are present in nearly all of the species he measured, according to a study of 70,716 bird specimens from almost 40 years published Wednesday in the journal Ecology Letters. Morphing birds, Willard and his colleagues say, reflect a changing climate: "Our findings suggest that warming‐induced body size reduction is a general response to climate change, and reveal a similarly consistent and unexpected shift in body shape. We hypothesise that increasing wing length represents a compensatory adaptation to maintain migration as reductions in body size have increased the metabolic cost of flight". 

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Beautiful And Extremely Colorful Birds (12 Birds)

A well a everybody's heard about the bird! It's not enough that birds can fly, but some birds about absolute beauts, too! 

We're not jealous or anything. It's not like we wish we were birds, so we can fly far far away from here.

Here are thirteen birds that we love and love to look at! 

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Ten More GIFs To Get You Through

We know how much you love GIFs. We really do. If you've already seen the past GIFs from last week, the week before and the week before that, don't worry. We have a bunch of fresh new GIFs here waiting just for you. Dig in and get your daily dose of GIFs!

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Funny and cute meme about a parrot bromance
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There's nothing more special than a good old-fashioned bromance.

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Birds With Animated Human Arms Is A Gift To Humanity

First, there were snakes with noodle arms, which were just incredible. Now, comes an amazing new treat for us all -- birds with human arms!

But wait! That's not all! The birds with human arms are animated -- which make them 1000000x way more amazing than any other 'animals w/ drawn arms' that we've ever seen. 

Prepare to be amazed, and filled with happiness. 

We didn't know how much we needed these animated gifs in our lives, until now. 

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Blessed Images To Help Soften Reality's Bite

Feeling down in the dumps? Losing faith in the world? If our wholesome meme listshaven't been doing the trick to cheer you up, we'd like to introduce you to the r/blessedimages subreddit. The community is a veritable Mecca of sweet pictures, most of them involving incredibly cute animals.They never fail to perk us up, and we're pretty sure these blessed images will become a part of your "feel better" repertoire.

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People Imagine Their Lives As Ducks

This is just the kind of AskReddit thread that escapes reason, logic, etc, and that's why we love it. We've got plenty of ominous news headlines and intellectually engaging material at our fingertips. Sometimes, we just need to pump the mental brakes and wander down a ridiculous rabbit's hole. Like this right here: people imagining what they'd do if they suddenly turned into ducks. Might go to Subway to get that bread, or start a duel with a nearby goose. Who knows. 

A collection of AskReddit responses to people imagining that they're ducks now.
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Banned Hotel Guest Shares Epic Story About Getting Kicked Out

WHAT.A.RIDE. Who cares if this one's real or not. We bought the ticket and enjoyed the living HELL out of this emotional, drama-fueled ride. 

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Gangs Of Wild Turkeys Are Causing Chaos in New Jersey

According to News 12, several areas in the Garden State, New Jersey, are having issues with bold, menacing and mannerless gangs of wild turkeys. The birds, which can grow to be 25 lbs. and can reach running speeds of 20 mph, are reportedly breaking windows, blocking roads, "pecking at cars and behaving aggressively," with one resident telling News 12 that, "Sometimes I can't get out of my car. They go to attack you."

While residents are doing their best to avoid interactions with the birds,  they are also sharing their pest problems with the world on Twitter. One of them is MLB all-star Todd Frazier who tweeted about it, saying the birds "have come close to harming my family and friends". 

Story via People.com

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Divorced Birds That Fell On Hard Times

This just shot right to the top for our new favorite subreddit. A place dedicated to paying homage to the divorced birds out there. The captions are really what seal the deal with these comedy gems. Will probably never look at birds the same after seeing these. 

A collection of birds that look like they just got divorced.
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Any person who takes the care to draw lines on their window, to stop a bird from flying into it deserves some respect. What a guy! 

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Who left the cat to guard the birb? Add your own caption and describe the thoughts of the suspicious kitty and the very unassuming bird.

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Smallest Bird On Earth, The Bee Hummingbird (10 Pics)

The Bee Hummingbird has many different names and can be only found in Cuba. These are the smallest birds ON EARTH! Their eggs in nests are the size of a coffee bean but even when they grow they're scarcely than a bee, hence the name Bee Hummingbird. 

But they are so beautiful, and their size simply adds to their precious-ness. 

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