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
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.