In the news: Birds learn to choose structurally appropriate nest material

Congratulations to Ida Bailey and co-authors who’s paper: ‘Physical cognition: birds learn the structural efficacy of nest material’ has just been published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

The research has proved very popular with the media.

Listen to Ida Bailey chat about it with Paul Mooney from RTÉ radio 1 

Left: a nest built with flexible string 
Right: a nest built with stiffer string
Birds that had building experience of the flexible string learnt to avoid it when given a choice, whereas birds that had only experienced building with the stiffer string chose around 50% flexible string when given a choice between the two string types.

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