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Honeyguides…

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Researchers have discovered that wild  birds understand  and respond to special calls made by humans when they want to enlist the help of the birds to locate bee nests.   The birds are after the wax,  the humans the honey,  so they are cooperating,  not competing.

I don’t know why the researchers seem surprised by this.   A number of species approach humans for assistance,  or offer it to them.   Animals survive because they are opportunistic.   If a particular behavior produces a benefit,  it is usually repeated so that the chances of survival are enhanced.

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July 23, 2016 at 11:53 pm

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Feathers in amber…

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Researchers  working in northeastern Burma have discovered bird feathers perfectly  preserved in amber.   We have a lot to thank tree sap for,  don’t we?

 

 

 

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June 29, 2016 at 10:09 am

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Chasing birds…

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Watch this baby  elephant chasing  birds  —  it’s delightful!

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August 1, 2015 at 10:08 am

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Numerical defense…

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See a  huge mob of starlings drive off a bird of prey — it’s quite fascinating.    I see similar behaviors frequently at my bird feeders,  where little wrens will band together to drive a blue-jay away.   The cardinals are much larger, of course,  but just a pair of them will dive bomb doves without mercy to get them to  flee the territory., always keeping a wary eye out for one of the red-tailed hawks that lives at the edge of the back woods.

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December 8, 2010 at 11:55 pm

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