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.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

One to ovoid? Using 3-D printing, researchers can study what causes birds to reject eggs with greater precision and repeatability

Date: May 26, 2015

Source: PeerJ

Summary: For decades, researchers have been making artificial eggs out of plaster, wood, and other materials to test how birds identify and reject the eggs that invading 'brood parasites' sometimes sneak into their nests. But these methods have many limitations; a new study is the first to test the usefulness of 3-D printed eggs for research on egg rejection.

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