Why fly the coop? With shortage of mates, some birds choose to help others raise offspring

After a five-year experiment, researchers from Florida State University and the Tallahassee-based Tall Timbers Research Station found that when fewer mates were available for brown-headed nuthatches, these small pine-forest birds opted to stay home and help their parents or other adults raise their offspring.

Why fly the coop? With shortage of mates, some birds choose to help others raise offspring

It's not uncommon for young adults to pitch in and help out with the care of younger siblings. But it turns out that sometimes birds choose to become avian au pairs rather than raise their own ...

Thu 14 Mar 19 from Phys.org

Why fly the coop? With shortage of mates, some birds choose to help others raise offspring, Thu 14 Mar 19 from ScienceDaily

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