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Lovebirds nesting 'techniques'

Postby Pajarita » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:23 am

I wanted to share this with you because I thought it was very interesting. It was on the Nests chapter of an animal behavior book and it was a study done with both peachface and Fischers lovebirds. Peachface lovies cut strips of soft plant material (usually leaves) which they tuck into their rumps for transportation back to the nest (they use them for lining) BUT fischers use bark as nesting material and what they do is bite a bit and carry it back to their nest in their beaks. So, what they did was breed peachfaces with fischers to see what the hybrids would do (this was a study on whether nest building is completely instinctual or if there is a certain element of learning curve to it where birds learn from their mistakes and adapt their future behavior to avoid the same error). And they found that although most of them tried to use the 'tuck and carry' system at the beginning, when it failed (and it did every time), they started using the beak carrying instead and remained with this system from then on. So, yes, lovebirds do learn from their mistakes! Smart little cookies, aren't they?!
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