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  1. 26 August 2020 - Science Matters

    Willie wagtails: The werewolves of the bird world

    By recording birds across Victoria, a new University of Melbourne study shows that willie wagtails are a bit like werewolves because they also sing to the moon.

  2. 15 April 2020 - Health & Wellbeing

    Penguin viruses in the frozen continent

    A University of Melbourne researcher visited Antarctica to study bird viruses in penguins, identifying new strains and how they might travel between continents.

  3. 9 December 2019 - Science Matters

    New dimensions in colour

    University of Melbourne research finds animals are teaching us new ways of understanding colour at a nanoscale, which could change the way we manufacture colour

  4. 12 September 2019 - Health & Wellbeing

    How our ‘avian athletes’ could spread influenza

    New research including University of Melbourne shows migratory birds are exposed to a pathogenic strain of bird flu before they arrive on Australian shores.

  5. 16 July 2019 - Under the Microscope

    Viruses on the wing

    The University of Melbourne's Dr Michelle Wille studies wild ducks and shorebirds to understand how they spread viruses across the globe, including influenza.

  6. 6 September 2018 - Science Matters

    The invisible colours protecting birds from overheating

    University of Melbourne research finds the nanostructure of a bird's feathers can regulate its body temperature by reflecting or absorbing near infrared-light

  7. 1 December 2017 - Science Matters

    Why we’re all in a flap about our favourite birds

    The Guardian Australian Bird of the Year poll shows just how much we love our native birds, and there's good reason, says a University of Melbourne expert.