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Avian 'Axe Effect' Attracts Attention of Females and Males
July 19, 2011
In a case of life imitating art, avian scents given off by male songbirds have the females (and males) flocking in. A Michigan State University researcher revealed the process of how males draw attention to themselves through chemical communication in the current issue of Behavioral Ecology. Scents are used in all organisms for many purposes, such as finding, attracting and evaluating mates. But this is the first study of its kind that demonstrates that it is happening among songbirds.
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