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The gay world of birds

2011. augusztus 16. | hozzászólás | Tudomány/gazdaság

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The scientists studied young zebra finches, which are known for forming lifelong relationships.

London – Birds can have gay relationships that last for life, say researchers.

They found that if isolated from the opposite sex, same sex birds will pair off with each other.

The scientists studied young zebra finches, which are known for forming lifelong relationships.

When raised in same-sex groups, more than half the birds paired up together. When females were then brought into the male group, five out of eight pairs of males ignored them and stuck with their male partner.

As in their relationships with the opposite sex, they were found to be as “attached and faithful”, perching side by side, nesting together and greeting each other by nuzzling each other’s beaks.

Lead author Dr Julie Elie, from the University of California, Berkeley, said: “Relationships in animals can be more complicated than just a male and a female who meet and reproduce.

“My observations of [them] led me to this surprising result: same-sex individuals would also interact… like male-female pairs.”

Her team, whose study is published in the journal Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology, believes the same-sex pairings could be a strategy for survival, the birds teaming up to defend resources and fight predators.

Scientists have found other cases of same-sex pairings among both wild and captive animals. – Daily Mail
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