Crimson rosella uses beak to sniff fellow birds and potential mates, Deakin research finds

Originally posted on World of Birds:

 Scientists previously thought birds had no sense of smell, until crimson rosellas proved them wrong.

Scientists previously thought birds had no sense of smell, until crimson rosellas proved them wrong.

Researchers at Deakin University have found an iconic Australian bird uses it beak to sniff out its own species, and even potential lovebirds.

Deakin’s Centre for Integrative Ecology found that crimson rosella parrots can recognise each other by a distinct smell left over from their feathers. The finding proves that the colourful creatures are more reliant on their sense of smell than previously thought.

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