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Call of the Budgie

A UCI researcher tries to crack the romance language of budgies

Interview and photos by Rose Gordon

Marin L. Moravec, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), went from studying worms at the University of Oregon to the fun — but challenging — world of birds in Professor Nancy Burley’s Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Laboratory.

Intrigued by a colleague’s finding that female budgies are more interested in mating with males that sound similar to them than males that sound different, Moravec decided to delve further into the private babblings of budgerigars and learn more about their courtship behavior. Six years later, she’s still talking bird. BIRD TALK recently visited her at the UCI aviary.

**For the full article, pick up the April issue of BIRD TALK**

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