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Old 03-08-2010, 09:16 PM   #1
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Finches Seek Out Sick Dining Companions
Scientific American
February 19, 2010

Finches Seek Out Sick Dining Companions: Scientific American Podcast
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When youíre looking for a table in a crowded cafeteria, you probably give wide berth to the family that sounds like itís sharing a big dish of whooping cough. Well, not if youíre a house finch, particularly a male. Because a study in the journal Biology Letters [by Karen M. Bouwman and Dana M. Hawley at Virginia Tech; see Sickness behaviour acting as an evolutionary trap? Male house finches preferentially feed near diseased conspecifics ‚ÄĒ Biology Letters] shows that male finches actually prefer...

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Makes sense if you think about it. Makes sense to bleach our feeders when we can too.
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