Horny Parrots: Is Love Dead?

Anyone who has seen an episode of The Bachelorette or Game of Thrones would be well aware that monogamy is not always a given. Now it turns out that this fact isn’t limited to humans. Researchers from the Australian National University have found that due to decreasing numbers of female Swift Parrots in Tasmania, the birds are engaging in a fair bit of infidelity- creating love triangles and fighting with one another.

Dr Dejan Stojanovic from ANU’s Fenner School of Environment & Society talks to Victor Petrovic about the sexual frustration driving these colourful birds to stray from the nest, so to speak.



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