The lovebirds of Lake Naivasha 

I’m finally settled back in Cornwall after 2 weeks in Kenya with The University of Exeter. It’s been an excellent journey and I feel very priviledged to have been able to conduct field research in such a beautiful country. The brief project I conducted ​on the yellow-collared and Fischer’s lovebird hybrids at Lake Naivasha demonstrated how important social behaviours are to these affectionate creatures, with them being more reluctant to flee from predators at midday when they are significantly more social. Further research would need to be conducted to truly assess the costs and benefits of staying rather than fleeing when exposed to predators, but it seems as though these birds really would do anything for love (but they won’t do that)

Photo credit: Richard S. Turner 

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