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Articles related to animal behaviour

Browse: Judas Camels Betray Feral Friends
Feature: The Social Lives of Sharks
Tracking technology reveals that Port Jackson sharks have buddies of similar age and gender, and can navigate across Bass Strait to the same breeding grounds.
Browse: Scientists Produce a Hit Love Song for Toads Browse: Perfume Prevents Ant Wars
Browse: Mother Whale’s Cultural Traditions Shape the Genetics of Offspring Browse: Male Snakes Worn Down by Mating Frenzy
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Feature: A Birds’ Eye View of Avian Flight
The “handedness” of birds enables them to navigate a collision-free path through complex environments, with some flying left of obstacles while others prefer to fly right.
Feature: The Bold and the Beautiful
The discovery that a gene partly determines which swans are bold and which are wary of people could assist captive breeding programs in cities.
Feature: The Secret Life of Dolphins
New underwater camera technology has captured the social lives of wild dolphins for the first time, revealing how deep and for how long they dive, how they nurture their young and even how they play with objects in the ocean.
Feature: How Far Does Your Cat Roam?
It’s 10 pm. Do you know where your cat is? Would you believe it could roam up to 30 km in a week?
Browse: How Birds Learn Foreign Languages Browse: Scientists Make Ants Angry
Browse: Digital Games Improve Life for Captive Apes Browse: Hot Crocs Can’t Hide Long
Browse: Misbehaving Dogs Die Young Browse: Isotopes reveal that whale sharks stay close to home
Browse: Parrots make complex economic decisions to maximise rewards Up Close: Contentedly caged? Researching the behaviour of animals in captivity
Doctoral students Sally Sherwen and Megan Verdon describe their investigations of animal behaviour in enclosures, from animals on display at the zoo, to pigs being bred for food.
Up Close: The necessity of kindness: Altruism in animals and beyond
Evolutionary biologist and historian of science Prof Lee Dugatkin joins Dr Andi Horvath to discuss displays of altruism in insects, animals and humans, and how the often harsh evolutionary imperatives of survival can actually accommodate, promote or depend on acts of kindness and justice.