Cross-species feeding

There can be few more intriguing sights for a Garden BirdWatcher than to observe one species of bird feeding another on their patch. This unusual behaviour tends to cause a good degree of puzzlement. Why do parent birds do this? Is it a waste of energy? Can the parent not recognise their own young? A review paper by Marilyn Shy has explored this topic, revealing which species are most often observed involved in this behaviour and possible reasons why.

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