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PODCAST | Khwezi Science Report: singing for sex, and other urban tales

Join us for the woven wonders of weavers and what goes on backstage before the avian dawn chorus

Senior science reporter
The lovebird that led its stricken human parent to greener pastures in the jungle concrete.
Missing in action The lovebird that led its stricken human parent to greener pastures in the jungle concrete.
Image: Tanya Farber

In this episode of the Khwezi Science Report we venture into the world of birds in the concrete jungle. We tell a harrowing urban story of an avian pet, share some fascinating studies, and speak to Dr Ian-Malcolm Rijsdijk who is an obsessive twitcher.

Rijsdijk has some gripping tales of a killing he witnessed while in a traffic jam, and why a weaver’s nest is an architectural marvel.

“You almost can’t imagine that a human could weave something that intricate and fine and yet the bird is doing it with its claws and beak – complete mastery of the materials,” he says.

Home building is one thing, but what’s a home without a sex partner with whom to create offspring? We explain the frenetic vocal activity that happens backstage and when the curtain finally rises on the dawn chorus.

Sunbird
Image: Jean van der Meulen at Pixels
Dawn chorus
Image: Photo by Robert Lachlan, Royal Holloway, University of London
Kingfisher
Image: Getty Images
Hummingbird
Image: Frank Cone from Pexels
Owl be seeing ya
Image: Fabia Scaletto from Pixels