Birds in the News with Laura Erickson
Things that are not as they seem: John James Audubon, condor "virgin births," and New Zealand's Bird of the Year
The two female condors who produced chicks with no contributions from a male did so by a process scientists call "facultative parthenogenesis" - no virginity required and no birth, either. (Click the photo below to see the video from the San Diego Zoo)
And New Zealand's Bird of the Year is a long-tailed bat. And yes, they did realized that before conferring the award.