New book out – Avian Cognition

Sue and Carel ten Cate have released a book on Avian Cognition, looking at the range of cognitive abilities that birds possess and their mechanisms. A book launch was held at this year’s Behaviour conference in Portugal, where Sue and Carel were joined by some of the authors (below).

The book is available here, where you can also read more on what the book is about!

Sue, Carel, and some of the authors of Avian Cognition at the book launch at Behaviour 2017

 

New papers out – Reviews

We’ve had some more publishing activity from the Healy lab, recently in the form of reviews! Well done Alexis, David, Maria, Lauren, and Sue!

 

What Can Nest-Building Birds Teach Us?

Photos by Ida Bailey (a) and Kate Morgan (b) and (c).

The structures that animals build are extraordinarily diverse, particularly nests built by birds. As part of the annual edition of Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, members of the nest building team (Alexis, Lauren and Sue) review 150 years of observational and experimental data to show that bird nest building is a useful model for the study of learning, memory and brain-behaviour relationships. To read more, click here.
 

 

Why study cognition in the wild (and how to test it)?

A lot of what we know about animal cognition comes from studies in the lab, but researchers (including us!) are getting more and more curious about the role of cognition outside of the lab, studying animals in their natural habitats. As part of a recent special issue of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, we (David, Maria, and Sue) have written a review looking at why researchers are so interested in cognition in the wild, how we go about testing it, and some of the challenges that people face by working in the wild.

We particularly talk about some of these topics in the context of our own work on the spatial and temporal cognition of wild hummingbirds, so if you like that work, and want to check this out too, you can read the review 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!