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Title: Problem-solving males become more attractive to female budgerigars
Author: Jiani Chen, Yuqi Zou, Yue-Hua Sun*, Carel ten Cate

There is considerable value in choosing a smart mate. The suggestion that mate choice has thus shaped the evolution of cognition has been around since Darwin's time, but testing this hypothesis is difficult. Chen et al. found that female budgerigars shifted their preference to previously nonpreferred males after these males demonstrated the ability to solve a problem that stumped the originally preferred males (see the Perspective by Striedter). This preference shift was specific to problem-solving and to choosing males.

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PubYear: 2019
Volume: 363
Issue: 6423
Page: 166-167
Journal: Science
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URL: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/363/6423/166.editor-summary