ecosystem

Voles cut grass to watch flying predators

A tiny rodent trims tall grasses so it can watch the skies for flying predators, new research shows. Brandt’s voles live in grassland in Inner …

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eavesdrop

New phenomenon: Forest mammals eavesdrop on messy monkeys

Eavesdropping doesn’t just belong in the playbooks of police officers and spies. It is also a phenomenon that plays out among animals. Previous studies have …

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amouflage

Lone changer: Fish camouflage better without friends nearby

It’s like a half-hearted dress up party: gobies don’t camouflage completely in groups, new research finds. They change colour to avoid detection by predators and …

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birds

Birds learn to avoid plants that host dangerous insects

Young birds that eat insects with conspicuous warning colouration to advertise their toxicity to would-be predators quickly learn to avoid other prey that carry the …

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ecological

Microplastics in Arctic ecosystem discovered

Around the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, rhodoliths made up of coralline red algae provide ecological niches for a wide variety of organisms. A …

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