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.
Egg colours make cuckoos masters of disguise
Cuckoos are notorious cheats. Instead of building a nest, incubating their eggs and raising their chicks, they lay their eggs in the nests of other birds and leave the task of raising their offspring to the ...
The flight of the frisky tui
New Zealand's endemic tui (Prosthemadera novaseelandiae) have a tendency to 'jump the fence' when looking to breed, a study by Massey University researcher Dr Sarah Wells shows.
Male hummingbirds use beaks when fighting to stab at their opponents' throats
Tiny, swift, and iridescent, hummingbirds dart around flowers and feeders, sipping nectar with their seemingly delicate beaks.
Researcher studies small mammals' strategies for avoiding snakebites
When I asked SDSU biology professor and snake researcher Rulon Clark to show me where he keeps the snakes, I didn't know what to expect. I know I didn't expect an unmarked door in a building basement. I didn't ...
Built-in billboards: Male bluefin killifish signal different things with different fins
They help fish swim, but fins also advertise a fish's social standing and health. In a new study, researchers report that for the male bluefin killifish (Lucania goodei), each colorful fin presents its ow ...
Mice nest together to confuse paternity and reduce infanticide
It is a cruel world out there, particularly for young animals born into social groups where infanticide occurs. This dark side of evolution is revealed when adults – often males – kill offspring to promote ...
Monkeys fear big cats less, eat more, with humans around
Seed beetle 'kicks' sign of antagonistic coadaptation
New research from The University of Western Australia's Centre for Evolutionary Biology has found evolutionary kicking behaviour of female seed beetles (Callosobruchus maculatus) has been 'hi-jacked' by males ...
Researchers find fish 'yells' to be heard over human made noise
Male St. Andrew's Cross spiders sniff web pheromones to determine suitability of female mates
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 ...