Aggressive Birds in Biology

Advanced Biology class was able to learn about bird behavior from Dr. Medhavi Ambardar, FHSU Faculty, as part of our behavioral ecology unit.  Dr. Ambardar discussed her research on aggressive behavior triggered by testosterone production in birds, particularly in house sparrows.  She took the class outside to demonstrate some of her research methods and initiate aggressive behavior in house sparrows around the TMP-Marian Campus.  Ambardar set up a small house sparrow model with a sound system attached to her phone to attract and trigger behavior in house sparrows of the surrounding trees.  The birds reacted by swooping down on the speaker in an aggressive formation.  “The students enjoyed learning about some of the current behavioral ecology research happening in the scientific realm!” said Keri Maricle, Biology Teacher.