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Read 5 lovey-dovey Aussie bird facts

October 29, 2019

Read 5 lovey-dovey facts about Australian birds thanks to Bird Bonds by Gisela Kaplan

Based on a wealth of original research and complemented by illustrations and colour photographs, Bird Bonds is a valuable resource and a beguiling insight into the world of the birds around us.

Did you know that:

  • Some Australian native birds become childhood sweethearts and court for years before they get ‘married
  • Some birds divorce because of personality clashes and different skill levels
  • Many birds negotiate their parenting duties

But how do these personal life events link to long-lasting bonds, long life-spans and exceptional overall intelligence?

Professor Gisela Kaplan, an eminent voice in animal behaviour, and particularly bird behaviour, draws on the latest insights in the evolution of particular cognitive and social abilities. She uncovers motivations and attractions in partner choice that are far more complex than was once believed. She shows how humans and birds may be more alike in attachment and mating behaviour than we think – despite the enormous evolutionary distance between us.

Below are five fun facts about Australian native bird species that you can find in Bird Bonds, available now!

Amazingly, many native male and female birds may have the same or very similar plumage and size. In fact, in many species such as cockatoos, butcherbirds, currawongs and drongos, its almost impossible to distinguish the male from the female.

Many Australian birds don't go for the brightest, loudest or most beautiful mates, but may form deep-seated attachments based on personality and experience.

Australian pair bonding birds will spend substantially more time with their offspring than most their northern hemisphere counterparts.

In many native species, male and female birds share all parenting duties equally. Some, such as superb fairy-wrens, even recruit helpers at the nest.

Australian birds are known to live a long time and often stay together with their partners, even for life. Like humans, they may also experience divorce, remarriage, or unhappy unions, and they may even argue with one another.