Birds Prefer Love Over Food

Posted: Nov 15 2015, 9:59pm CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


Birds Prefer Love Over Food
A great tit sitting on a branch, Getty Images

New study suggests that wild birds choose to stay close to their partners instead of getting easy meal.

Birds want to stay close to their partners even they can starve themselves to spend more time with their mates. Aww! so romantic.

Researchers at the University of Oxford found that some birds sacrifice access to food for staying close to their loved ones in winter months.

The research reflects how important love is in a relationship at least in a bird’s life.

Researchers attached automated feeding stations with many pairs of great tilt, a common species of bird. These stations can track the behavior of birds and can decide which individual bird could access and not access the food inside. Radio identification frequency tags, linked to the feeding stations, created a pattern in which mating pairs could not access the same feeding stations, meaning the male could access certain feeding stations which the female could not access or vice versa.

Researchers found that, more often than not, birds choose to stay close to their partner’s station, even if they could not access food there. 

“The choice to stay close to their partner over accessing food demonstrates how an individual bird's decisions in the short term, which might appear sub-optimal, can actually be shaped around gaining the long-term benefits of maintaining their key relationships,” explained lead researcher Josh Frith.

“Because these birds choose to stay with their partners, they also end up associating with their partners' flock-mates, even if they wouldn't usually associate with these individuals. This shows how the company an individual bird keeps may depend on their partner's preferences as well as their own.”

This particular research was focused on great tilts but researchers believe that it can be applied to many other species of birds who already show great affection for their mates likes parrots, swans and cranes.

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