Why do cats love boxes? Animals Videos 

Simon’s Cat: Why Do Cats Love Boxes?

So, why do cats love boxes so much? Simon’s Cat Logic is a fun new video series in which an expert answers your burning questions about cat behavior. Special thanks from GotScience to the Simon’s Cat team for permission to republish this video, and for reminding all of us that science is fun. Seriously. Why Do Cats Love Boxes!? Simon’s Cat Logic is a fun new series where we speak to a cat behavior expert at Cats Protection (http://www.cats.org.uk) about why cats do the silly things they do, and how we…

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zebra finches Animals 

Zebra Finches: Learning from Lovebirds

From our Friends at ResearchGate Lovebirds know what they’re doing. It only takes zebra finches days to choose a partner, and yet their relationships last a lifetime. That’s what Malika Ihle, behavioral ecologist at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, found in her recent study on the birds’ courtship behavior. We speak with her about the secret to finches’ love, and what people might learn from them. Are human love and bird love alike in any way? What could be similar to human love is that birds have individual rather…

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Green wood hoopoe, By DickDaniels, CC, Wikimedia commons Animals 

Birds Bond After Team Fights

As any fan of Hitchcock knows, birds often work together and, when threatened by rivals, are capable of marshaling their troops to defend resources.  Now, researchers from the University of Bristol have found that clashes between rival bird groups have a long-lasting impact on the birds’ behaviour, causing them to bond after team fights. Biologists Dr. Andy Radford and Dr. Tim Fawcett have been studying the social behaviour of green woodhoopoes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Following a territorial conflict with their neighbors, victorious green woodhoopoes will unite at nightfall. Such disputes…

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