Birds Give Up Food to Stay Close to Their Mates

When forced to choose, some songbirds prefer the company of their mates to a good meal.

Social living entails some compromise; that’s as true for birds as it is for people. Foraging in flocks often means that some birds get a little less food than they might by flying solo, but there is also safety in numbers: flocks provide better defense against predators and more eyes to watch for danger. For most, a little food for a lot of security is a worthwhile tradeoff. Some songbirds, it turns o

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