More Great Tits

The bird (again!).  Damn you and your filthy mind.  Well, since my first post on Great Tits remains easily the most popular (via google) I’ve ever done, seemed only right to re-visit the subject (and it’s been almost exactly a year).  Anyway, once again Quirks and Quarks is reporting on some of the more interesting behavior of these European birds.  Apparently, they are all about being good neighbors:

The tiny songbirds known as great tits are common throughout Europe, Asia and parts of North Africa.  It had been observed previously that in this species long-term familiarity with neighbours was a benefit to breeding.  Tits were less likely to abandon a nest if they knew their neighbours from a previous breeding season.  But the reason for this was unclear until recently.  New research byAda Grabowska-Zhang from the Department of Zoology at Oxford University has found that when the tits are familiar with their neighbours, they will join forces to defend their nests.  This includes making alarm calls, flying aggressively and mobbing a predator together.  But the birds need to know their neighbours.   When the neighbours are first time breeders and therefore unfamiliar, they are unlikely to join forces.

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Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to More Great Tits

  1. itchy says:

    “No, honey, really, I was searching for information on birds.”

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