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Study reveals varying degrees of aggression in songbirds

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Depending on their “personality,” Australian kingfishertails defend their nest and territory with varying degrees of aggressiveness. This is shown by two studies by Australian and Austrian researchers. (archive image)

The scientists suspect that the various personality traits could be important for the survival of the birds. The study was published in the journals PeerJ and Animal Behaviour.

The Magnificent Fairy Tail (Malurus cyaneus) is a songbird species found in Australia and Tasmania. During the breeding season, the males of the birds, which can be up to 20 centimeters in size, are characterized by a colourful, blue-dominated plumage. The animals live in small groups, which also breed together and together help to feed and defend the offspring.

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