Wildlife Wednesday: Promiscuous Birds

Happy Wildlife Wednesday! Today's article comes from DiscoveryNews.com, and it piggybacks on my romantic animal post from last week. Kind of a funny concept, but very telling as well. I've posted the first few sentences here; click through to read the rest of the article on Discovery's website!


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IN SHIFTY CLIMATES, BIRDS SLEEP AROUND
By Emily Sohn
Thu Feb 16, 2012 05:00 PM ET

When climate is shifty and unpredictable, birds are more likely to sleep around.

The findings, which suggest that birds may seek out diverse genes for their offspring when they are unsure what the future will hold, might help predict what will happen as climate changes in the coming decades. If weather conditions become more variable in certain places, as some models predict, birds might adapt by becoming more unfaithful. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“The overall message of the paper is that there is a lot of hope because females can still employ all of these mechanisms they use to find the best partner available,” said Carlos Botero, an evolutionary ecologist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

The research could also offer insight into why people sometimes stray from their mates....

(Want to read more? Here's the full article: In Shifty Climates, Birds Sleep Around)

Thanks for tuning in, and please join me next week for Wildlife Wednesday. (I promise I will get back to my "Ask a Zookeeper" questions soon; life has been a little wacky lately!) Have a wonderful week!