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Sandpipers Exhibit Different Feeding Behavior Depending On Position In Group
2013-10-28 11:52:55

University of Montreal The behavior of semipalmated sandpipers (Calidris pusilla) feeding during low tide in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, surprised Guy Beauchamp, an ornithologist and research officer at the University of Montreal's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. While individuals on the periphery remained alert and used short pecks to feed on the mudflats, birds in the middle of the group relaxed their vigilance and fed on a different resource. The more peripheral group members were...

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2011-02-23 13:48:05

A discovery made by a scientist who has been studying sleep in bird colonies found that seagulls learn from each other when it is safe to nod off. The scientist found that when they feel it is safe to sleep, it results in "waves of sleep" passing through seagull colonies as the birds enter differing stages of vigilance. This is the first time such behavior has been documented, and the findings were published in the journal Ethology. Seagulls open and close their eyes periodically while...

2009-02-21 09:40:25

Following trends is a lifesaving instinct, at least for birds, and provides clues that can be applied across the animal kingdom. New research from Universit© de Montr©al published in Biology Letters, shows that Herring and Ring-billed gulls not only watch their neighbours "“ they mimic their behaviour to assure their survival. Contrary to previous beliefs, this study suggests that animals don't necessarily act independently and that they cue on reactions from other members of...


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holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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