Bringing together significant work on all aspects of the subject, Behavioral Ecology is broad-based and covers both empirical and theoretical approaches. Studies on the whole range of behaving organisms, including plants, invertebrates, vertebrates, and humans, are included.
Fight or flight? Vocal cues help deer decide during mating season
Previous studies have shown that male fallow deer, known as bucks, can call for a mate more than 3000 times per hour during the rut (peak of the mating season), and their efforts in calling, fighting and ...
Sexual selection may result in bigger-billed male birds
(Phys.org) —To female coastal plain swamp sparrows, male bill size matters.
Beetles who socialise more spend more time judging their opponents
Burying beetles that have been in contests for food and resources previously will spend more time assessing their opponent but this cautious behaviour doesn't mean they're more likely to win, say scientists.
Personality interactions between animals may dictate outcomes in the wild
Examining the varying personality types of multiple animal species at once—in addition to common single-species studies—could help biologists better predict ecological outcomes, according to a recent University of Pittsburgh ...
Researchers find mother beetles eat young that beg too much
Bright birds make good mothers
Female blue tits with brightly coloured crowns are better mothers than duller birds, according to a new study led by the University of York.
Sexual selection in the sea
Biologists have uncovered new insights into how the male sexual behaviour of the peculiar southern bottletail squid is primed to produce the greatest number of offspring.
Researchers find lizards' frilled neck is more than just for show
(Phys.org) —Researchers have discovered that the brightly coloured frills of the iconic Australian frillneck lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) can be used to predict the animals fighting ability.
In birds, personalities can be a question of weather
We all know about people's personalities, and anyone with a dog or a cat will also tell you about their temperaments. More surprising, though, is how many others, from octopuses to frogs and even spiders ...
Risk management in fish: How cichlids prevent their young from being eaten
For a variety of reasons, many humans choose to adopt children. More surprisingly, adoption is fairly widespread in the animal kingdom, even though it would seem to counteract the basic premise of Darwin's ...
The safer sex? For a little-known primate, a new understanding of why females outlive males
Researchers studying aging in an endangered lemur known as the Milne-Edwards' sifaka report that in old age, females are the safer sex.
Promiscuous baboons benefit from father's care
Young baboons that spend time with their fathers get better meals and reach sexual maturity sooner, scientists say.
Songbirds adapt to new urban environs thanks to rapid genetic evolution
(Phys.org)—Indiana University researchers have found evidence that a species of songbird that recently colonized an urban environment exhibits less stress and bolder behavior as compared to counterparts ...
Are animal traits the result of behavioral epigenetics?
A plant that is unremarkable in one environment becomes an invasive species in another, pushing through house foundations and sprouting up through roads. A house sparrow that's a perfectly charming resident ...