First Dancing, Then Mating in Songbirds

Summary: A new study reveals that dancing, not signing, is the primary sexual signal for Java sparrows.Source: Hokkaido University. Java sparrows are more likely to mate after dancing together, according to a study from Hokkaido University, contradictory to the belief that songs are the primary sexual signal. Songbirds are well-known to sing duets for various […]

Tiny fruit flies use cold hard logic to select mates

University of British Columbia Summary: Fruit flies — the tiny insects that swarm our kitchens over the summer months — exhibit rational decision making when selecting mates, according to new research. Scientists observed different combinations of fruit flies mate about 2,700 times, and were surprised to discover that male flies almost always pick the female […]