THE BIRDCAGE

These Gay Birds May Be Together Longer Than You And Your Current Lover

While humans may disagree on whether to embrace monogamy or open relationships, Zebra Finches prefer monogamy for life. And when raised in all-male groups, researchers at the University of California in Berkeley found that over half of the males nest up with other males, even going so far as to ignore females once they’re introduced to the group—”Talk to the wing, gurl. I gotta man.”

The male-male Zebra Finch couples nest together, sing to each other, regularly perch side by side, and greet one another just like opposite-sex couples do. The researchers theorize that the birds form same-sex pairs in order to ensure their survival. And while it’s unwise to infer things about human relationships from the animal kingdom, it’s still interesting to think what this means for students who go to all-boys or all-girls school or the coupling of same-sex pairs in human cages, err, prison.

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17 Comments

  • MikeE

    Unless these finches can live considerably longer than 10 years, which is unlikely (5 years is the general consensus on life expectancy of finches), your headline is rather fucked up and insulting.

    Honestly, THIS is one of those incredibly stupid moments where Queerty has removed one foot from its figurative mouth only to replace it by the other foot, along with a good portion of its shoe collection.

  • rascal

    Well, there’s two words I never thought I’d say today: zebra and finches.

  • adam

    The quotes from the scientist in the article says “socially monogamous” rather than “sexually monogamous”. That probably means that, as scientists have discovered about other pair bond for life birds like lovebirds, couples slut around constantly having quickie sex with lots of other random birds but continue to nest with each other through the years.

  • Daniel Villarreal

    @MikeE: I actually agree with you on this one—LTRs RAWK—and have changed “Will” to “May.” Thanks for your input.

  • David Gervais

    Daniel V: The photo you have used is of a hetero couple from wikipedia, the same as used on another site.
    Try using: File:Taeniopygia guttata – front view – dundee wildlife park.jpg which is of a single male until you find a better pic.

  • rascal

    @David Gervais: You actually went looking for that photo. Really? I mean REALLY??

  • Daniel Villarreal

    @David Gervais: Much thanks, David. We have replaced the hetero pic with yours of authentically gay Zebra Finches—homosexual birdz prepresent!

  • David Gervais

    @rascal usually I don’t complain about something unless I can offer a solution. If you look at the time stamps foor comments 5 & 6, It took me 12 minutes, including time for a coffee refill and playing with cut and paste.

  • David Gervais

    Oops- typo by me too. We really need to get behind the suggestion (in the feedback section) to create an edit-my-post function.

  • Dr. Dick

    I think it’s perfectly healthy to take a few pointers from the animal kingdom (which, of course, taxonimically we pertain to as well)

  • Dr. Dick

    *taxonomically, yeesh!

  • Ryan K

    @Dr. Dick: Agreed! Since we are animals, it is entirely wise to make inferences and comparisons to other animal relationships. Brain chemistry and social structures can be comparable, though I’d prefer to make comparisons within our own order, since they would be more applicable. Nematodes are animals, too, but I doubt we could learn very much about pair bonding from nematode studies!

  • Sebizzar

    Haha awww, my sister’s & i used to own a lot of finch birds, one pair eventually had eggs & we watched them grow up it was so cute :) Maybe 2 male finch’s could raise eggs together :P

  • David Gervais

    Sebizzar: Maybe 2 male finch’s could raise eggs together :P

    You reminded me of Roy and Silo who raised Tango at the NY Zoo.
    See:
    And Tango Makes Three
    Richardson, Justin
    ISBN: 0689878451

    It is available in several languages.

  • David Gervais

    Oops, typo again. Daniel V., you can laugh at me now.

  • nineinchnail

    21 years here!!!!

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