Behavioural ecologist Gisela Kaplan has studied native Australian birds for decades and understands them better than most people. The expression “bird brain” means quite the opposite of what we think and some species are outsmarting human children in some areas. Her biggest worry is that Australians take their birds for granted and our way of life is pushing them to the brink.
On this episode Gisela talks about how to save native birds by understanding their behaviour and needs. It’s not too late, yet.
This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak (www.beachshackpodcasts.com).
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Science & Environment
The peculiar behaviour is believed to be the first evidence of an animal using its stomach to communicate.
The intimate lives of flying foxes are wild and boundless compared to other animals.
History & Culture
From transporting wounded soldiers to performing CPR, our furry friends are often helping us in more ways than one.
Twelve-year-old Jasper Lowenstein snapped photos of the snake-eat-snake incident in his backyard in Hobart, Tasmania.
For a long time it was not believed that animals were even capable of feeling pain, let alone complex emotions. We now know that is far from the truth.
As the winter chill sets in and snow falls over our mountain ranges, many of us are at home by the fireplace, rugged up in blankets – but how do our animals tackle the cold?
The Animal Behaviour category asked for photographs of animals engaging in natural activities.
These photos will be exhibited at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide (18 August to 3 October) and the Australian Museum in Sydney (19 August to 9 October).
Australia is renowned for its venomous snakes, scary spiders and even painful plants – but the animals that pose the biggest risk to our lives might surprise you.
Female fairy-wrens sing as often as males, and it’s not just for sex, a new study has revealed