Todd Petty

Todd Petty

Todd Petty is a reporter at Audubon Magazine.

Articles by this Author

Published: 01/09/2014

Penguin Painter Creates a Masterpiece

Published: 01/22/2014

Birds are known for their song, but you’ve probably never heard them make music like this before. A flock of zebra finches is jamming on guitars at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where a new contemporary art exhibit opened on January 18th.

Published: 01/24/2014

Artist Dennis Hlynsky is giving new meaning to the expression "as the crow flies."

A professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, Hlynsky's videos offer an unprecedented look at how birds and other animals move. He records wildlife, then uses technology to generate "visual paths" of their movement. In the videos he creates, the typically invisible flight paths of birds appear before the viewer's eyes, like the contrail of an airplane.

Published: 01/28/2014

Pope Francis' doves did not receive a peaceful welcome in St. Peter's Square this past Sunday. Immediately after the two birds took flight a yellow-legged gull and a hooded crow descended upon them.

Published: 02/05/2014

All in favor of new research that helps us understand how animals communicate, say eye.

A new study strengthens the case that jackdaws, crow-like birds found in Eurasia and Africa, use their eyes to communicate with other members of their own species—an ability that, up until now, was thought to only exist in humans and other primates. 

Published: 02/12/2014

Buildings can be deadly obstacles for birds. Some 365 to 988 million birds are killed when they smash into structures, estimates a study published last month into The Condor: Ornithological Applications. The review went even further than a body count, though: The authors identified which species are most prone to collisions, and which types of buildings do the most harm.

Published: 03/11/2014

We are what we eat, but a new study suggests that waterbirds like penguins and storks are more than that. They are how they eat too.

Research recently published in PLOS ONE suggests that evolution has aided these aquatic birds in their quest for food in their aquatic environment. Be it short and stubby or long and wispy, a tail is the key to how a waterbird operates in its realm.

Published: 03/12/2014

Jim Cumming and an owl go face-to-face.

Published: 03/12/2014

Vibrant portraits reveal the beautiful, diverse world of marine flora.


Published: 03/12/2014

Nitzky’s striking image was taken in his backyard, in Tempe, Arizona. Using a honeysuckle bush as a blurry background, he was photographing hummingbirds as they flew to and from a feeder. They came to feed about every 15 minutes.