Do birds of a feather flock together?

Published on: 9 March 2015

Do genetic similarities govern who flamingos hang around with, or are animal friendships based on personality?

You can get involved in the new research project by Paul Rose, which will study feathers from a group of flamingos to try and uncover if the code in their DNA shows any familial link. By researching the relatedness of the birds, Paul hopes to increase the understanding of the relationships of captive flamingos and give new insight into how the birds’ social structure is decided.

By contributing to Paul’s crowdfunding project you can be involved in a research project which will help the breeding of some of the most endangered species of flamingos by unravelling how the dominant males are decided and how this contributes to the mating rituals.

In addition to the DNA research which Paul will be carrying out, he will be raising money to speak at an international conference of animal behaviour scientists and money to provide some funding for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust for their help and support during Paul’s research, this money will go on to help the lives of the flamingos themselves.

Visit Paul’s Hubbub page to learn more about the research project and find out how you can get involved.

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