07 Aug '11, 2pm

Sexually Demonstrative Birds Age Faster

Sexually Demonstrative Birds Age Faster

Male houbara bustards use a great deal of energy displaying themselves to potential mates. Researchers found the most ostentatious males actually age faster and have a shorter phase of the prime reproductive years. The biggest flirts produce the best quality sperm, but they also burn themselves out quicker. Once they have past their prime, their sperm was found to have higher numbers of dead and abnormal candidates. So you might be wondering if there is any connection between the flirty birds and human lives. One of the researchers said, “This is the bird equivalent of the posers who strut their stuff in bars and nightclubs every weekend. If the bustard is anything to go by, these same guys will be reaching for their toupees sooner than they’d like,” said lead author Dr Brian Preston. (Source: Eurekaalert.org ) There are many theories of aging, and it isn’t currently under...

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Singaopre Stamps & Money: One for the Birds

Singaopre Stamps & Money: One for the Birds

rafflesmuseum.wordpress.com 15 Aug '11, 6am

Although Singapore is a very small country it has a tally of more than 360 species of birds. Roughly a third of them are r...