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Finch Findings

By Jenny Rood | February 12, 2015

Full genomes of Darwin’s Galápagos finches reveal a critical gene for beak shape and three overlooked species.

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Finch-Powered Fumigation

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 7, 2014

Darwin’s finches use pesticide-treated cotton to line their nests and unwittingly protect themselves against parasitic fly larvae.

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Marlboro Chicks

By Beth Marie Mole | December 5, 2012

Two species of songbirds pack their nests with scavenged cigarette butts that repel irksome parasites.

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Behavior brief

By Jef Akst | June 23, 2011

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research.

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