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Robotic Swamp Sparrow Helps Understand Bird Aggression
2013-01-29 18:51:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study has found male sparrows actually perform a little trash talk before engaging in a brawl to the death. Researchers wrote in the journal Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology male swamp sparrows use wing waves as an aggressive signal to defend their territories and warn away intruding males. "For birds, wing waves are like flipping the bird or saying 'put up your dukes. I'm ready to fight,'" Duke University biologist...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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