Feathers fly in finch war

Feathers fly in finch war – The Kimberley Echo

An article in the Kimberley Echo on the work by Honours student, Dhanya Pearce, who used stuffed Gouldian and long-tailed finches to look at aggression between the species over competition for nest sites. She found that long-tailed finches are super-aggressive – often pulling off various body parts of the Gouldian models! In contrast, the much friendlier Gouldians rarely approached and attacked long-tailed finch models. Dhanya’s article was recently published in Auk (PDF available in publications).

 

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