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    Birds Go For Personality

    NewsBird NewsThursday 25 August 2011
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    The University of Exeter has carried out a study of zebra finches that suggests that adventurous birds choose mates of a similar temperament, just like humans. The study is the first to demonstrate that behaviour or personality traits of a non-sexual nature play a role in the choice of partner in animals other than humans. The researching scientists placed 150 male and female zebra finches in experiments that aimed to show how keen they were to explore new environments, and how they reacted to surprises. Each female bird was then allowed to watch a pair of brothers exploring a new cage, unaware that one was being held back by a clear-sided box. When the birds were put together, the more adventurous females were more likely to pursue the male that seemed more outgoing.

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