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A female zebra finch finds herself surrounded by male suitors - but who to listen to? A female zebra finch finds herself surrounded by male suitors - but who to listen to? Simon Griffith

Birds and boasting: honest when mating, dishonest when dating

A new study has revealed what many people possibly already suspect – males are more honest when displaying their “quality” to a partner than to an unfamiliar female. These findings, from a study of a socially…
Could the zebra finch’s growing popularity ruffle The Body’s feathers? Could the zebra finch’s growing popularity ruffle The Body’s feathers? Tracey Nearmy/AAPIMAGE

Australia’s first supermodel … no, not that one

Long before Elle Macpherson staked her claim to the title, indeed by the end of the 1890s, Australia had inadvertently exported a model to the northern hemisphere that has become internationally famous…
Wild zebra finch pairs keep their eyes peeled for opportunities to cheat. Wild zebra finch pairs keep their eyes peeled for opportunities to cheat. Simon Griffith

One flew over the cuckold’s nest: a birds-eye view of female infidelity

Infidelity between sexual partners is ubiquitous – almost as prevalent as the tight and long-lasting social bonds that couples form. But thanks to a recent German study of Australian zebra finches, a cheating…

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