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August 17, 2018


During courtship male starlings sing less to females who have been fed dilute concentrations of antidepressants, according to a new study led by the University of York.

(Thanks to Ralph)


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One of the backup male starling singers stateed, "She's a real b$tc$ when she's using."

Guys everywhere (except those on the blog, of course) are hoping this eventually leads to having to take their dates to fewer chick flicks.

What about ones with death's head tattoos who wear pointy-toed high heels and torn jeans ?

Clankie if I've said it once I've said it a hundred times. That is not a good look for you.

Ahem, I was inquiring for my analyst.

Drugging the females just to keep from singing to them or bringing flowers isn't a great idea. And a university having a Bill Cosby School of Ornithology is also a bad idea.

And scientists somehow want starlings to multiply?
Talk about losing sight of your objective...

fractalist: It depends on where. Starling populations are declining in northern Europe, including by about 80% in the UK in the last 30 years. In their native grassland habitat, they are useful for controlling insects. In cities they become pests. They are an invasive species in North America, having been introduced into Central Park in NYC in 1890 by Eugene Schieffelin – see Wikipedia.

Ralph-Just a quick question: Is it the European starling or the African starling that can carry a coconut?
Or was that a sparrow? Things like this can be useful information to know.

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