I didn't wake up this morning expecting to be writing about bird sex, but here we are. Nature can be REAL strange some times and down in Tasmania, things are getting a little too weird. Normally during breeding season, birds hook up, hatch chicks, and that's that.
But now, females are mating with multiple males instead of one, causing a population boom, which is great for the critically endangered swift parrot. And get this, IT'S BECAUSE THE FEMALES ARE HUNGRY AND THEY WILL MATE WITH A MALE IF THEY BRING THE FEMALE FOOD. BASICALLY FOOD FOR SEX. It looks like Tinder is bleeding over into wildlife, what could be the consequences?
See the full story and why sugar gliders are a-holes somehow causing this: https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2018-12-05/sugar-gliders-induce-tragic-love-triangle-in-swift-parrots/10581070