Two bottlenose dolphins (
Tursiops truncatus) cooperate in a button-pressing task requiring precise behavioural synchronization.
Dolphin Research Center
Dolphin pairs had to learn to push buttons at the same time to get a reward. So what happened when one dolphin figured that out, while the other still had to learn?
On average, women tend to behave more submissively than men.
In evolutionary terms, it’s better to be at the bottom of the hierarchy than to be dead – and that's why submissive behaviours still persist in us humans. Even if we don't like it.
Drugs are finding their way into lakes and rivers, and we need to know exactly what they're doing to wildlife.
Edward McLester / LJMU
Early hominins are thought to have made a new shelter every night, which taught them how to adapt to changing conditions.
Three allied male dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia.
Simon J Allen
Researchers have discovered male bottlenose dolphins can retain individual vocal labels – or “names” – to help them recognise each other in their social network, much like humans.
Yes Niles, but are you really happy?
Molly Glassey/Staff dog
Here are ten common misconceptions about what dogs need and how they communicate with us. Plus, a gallery of reader and staff dog pictures!
Starting with two simple sheepdog rules, the robot then began to display new, unprogrammed behaviour.
Australian magpies are clever enough to tailor their risk-avoidance behaviours to different locations.
Gail Hampshire/Wikimedia Commons
Magpies living near airports are less likely to flee from the sound of passing planes, new research shows. But it's unclear whether this makes them more or less likely to actually get hit.
Golden retriever puppies, among Australia’s favourite pet dogs.
Giving male dogs the snip is a common practice in Australia and elsewhere to help reduce the number of unwanted dogs. But it can also lead to some unwanted behavioural problems.
Great tit takes off.
City living isn't for everyone, but certain birds can prosper in the environment.
A boobook enjoys its vantage point, courtesy of humans.
From falcons that hunt by the light of skyscrapers, to bears that sit in wait at weirs, animals are using human structures to help them catch a meal.
New research explains that dogs may have evolved to eat faeces as a way to prevent the spread of disease.
An animal behaviour expert gives his view on finding that a killer whale can copy the sound 'hello'.
Wild chimpanzees are hard to find, but their DNA – left-behind genetic traces – are opening up a new way of studying them.
BBC NHU 2017/Rachel Butler
Blue Planet II reveals what fantastic predators they are.
One man and his dog.
There can be a difference in the way some dogs react to men and women, and it can also matter if the dog is a he or a she.
Southpaws seem to be more common among cats and dogs than humans.
The animal kingdom is full of lefties and righties, although rarely is the ratio skewed as much as it is in humans. If you're wondering about your own pet, you can find out with a simple experiment.
Bees usually get nectar from flowers, but sometimes they steal it from the nests of other bees.
Bees sting other animals, including humans, when they think there might be a threat to their hive. But Evie, age 8, wonders if bees ever accidentally sting other bees.
New research suggests otters' learning ability could help captive animals to thrive in the wild.
Pied butcherbirds, such as this one, sing solos, duos and trios.
© Duade Paton
Is birdsong simply a hard-wired, functional, primitive sound – or could we call it 'music'? Australia's pied butcherbirds show there are surprising overlaps between birds' and humans' musical abilities.