As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Desire to reproduce drives active nightlife of birds

Date: January 21, 2014

Source: University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Summary: For a non-nocturnal bird, the yellow-breasted chat spends a significant amount of time visiting other birds’ territories during the night. After studying the birds’ movement, it was noted that males were active almost every night, while the females were also active at night, but particularly so during the window of time when they were fertile.

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