Birds flying on cities

How do Amsel, Meise and Co. adapt to urban life?

Today a typical city bird: the blackbird Brian Robert Marshall / CC-by-sa 2.0 us
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Blackbirds, tits and even nightingales have long been experienced city dwellers. They fly around in front gardens and parks, seek their food between walkers and drown themselves with their singing even the street noise. But how have these birds adapted to the noise, light and stress of this urban environment?

Henrik Brumm, Jesko Partecke and Bart Kempenaers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen and Radolfzell are exploring the consequences of city life for our native songbirds. They have discovered amazing behavioral changes.

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As of: 05.04.2013