Birds and the City

Diese Einsicht gewannen Wissenschaftler des Helmholtz-Zentrums für Umweltforschung (UFZ) durch eine Untersuchung zur Brutvogelverteilung in Leipzig. Für ihre…

Birds snub old flames

Repelling clingy exes helps snipe save sperm.

The American writer Gore Vidal once said that he never passed up an opportunity to have sex or appear on television. Some male birds would disagree on at least one count. Having mated with a female, a great snipe will reject her further advances and even violently chase her away.

Male great snipe (Gallinago media) form leks – groups of males that defend small territories for strutting their stuff. Females come to leks – nature’s