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'Gay' birds form lasting attachments
« on: August 15, 2011, 12:12:10 PM »

From the Bugger-me. Birds-of-a-feather-flock-together Broadcasting Corporation.

Homosexual zebra finches form long-term bonds

Same-sex pairs of monogamous birds are just as attached and faithful to each other as those paired with a member of the opposite sex. Scientists found that same-sex pairs of finches sang to and preened each other just like heterosexual pairs.

Lead researcher Julie Elie from the University of California Berkeley said that the research showed that "relationships in animals can be more complicated than just a male and a female who meet and reproduce, even in birds".

Dr Elie and her colleagues are interested in zebra finches' behaviour. The birds establish life-long relationships and are highly social; males sing to their mates, the birds preen each other and pairs share a nest.

Male king penguins have been seen to "flirt" with other males in the colony.

There are none so blind as those who will not see.


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Re: 'Gay' birds form lasting attachments
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2011, 01:49:21 PM »

How queer!!  :D
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