Dundee Science Festival

If you went to the Dundee Science Festival you might have caught up with some of the Healy lab! Lauren, Sue, Eira, Alexis, and Sophie spent the day talking and interacting with members of the public, using hand-on activities relating to nest building. The Healy lab exhibit, called ‘Why do bird build nests’ also included some video footage of wild weaver birds, and zebra finches in the lab, and it seemed like great fun was had all round! Find out some more about the day’s activities here.

Papers published – on a roll!

The Healy lab has been busy over the last few weeks, with several papers being published.

Lauren and Sue have published a paper focusing on nest building, the forgotten behaviour (with a couple of cheeky snaps from the paper above).


Next up, Ida has had two papers accepted: The first on whether taste affects nectar consumption in sunbirds, published in the Journal of Animal Ecology. The second is on observations on nest material collection in male weaver birds, published in Emu, with Kate and Sue as co-authors among others.

Well done all!