Cockburn Lab - Evolutionary ecology

A pair of corellas

Cooperative breeding occurs where more than two individuals combine to rear a single brood of young. It is extraordinarily prevalent in the Australian avifauna, for both phylogenetic and ecological reasons, and we are conducting a number of studies to understand this prevalence. Current work focuses on superb fairy-wrens and woodswallows, though we have worked with kookaburras, bee-eaters, kingfishers, thornbills, choughs and parrots.

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17
Nov
2014
The School has done very well with regards to Discovery projects and DECRA fellowships. Congratulations to all successful applicants.
Great tits. Photo by Shirley Clarke
10
Sep
2013
Shy birds stick together and gain courage through numbers, whereas bold birds go it alone according to new research.
Robert Heinsohn with Eclectus parrot chicks (red female and green male)
24
Oct
2011
The mysterious behaviour of female Eclectus parrots killing their sons immediately after they hatch has been unravelled by a team of researchers from The Australian National University.

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