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They call it “avian erotica”

March 1, 2009

Yes, one might think initially it is pretty cute. Except, one wouldn’t like it if he were the one being used for “science”.

To find out whether a bird is paying attention these days, it seems you have to get a little risqué.

That’s what a researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton did in a recent study to determine whether Japanese quail can recognize images on a video screen as being from real life.

Alex Ophir, 28, a PhD student in the department of psychology and author of the study that soon will appear in the journal Animal Behaviour, has been showing what amounts to avian erotica to numerous eligible female quail, to see how they respond.

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