Recently it has been discovered that Black Larks, living on the Eurasian steppes in Kazakhstan, transport dung to their nests to build large 'pavements' . Weird and almost dirty behaviour, but what is the use of it? This spring a team of researchers from the Universities of Wageningen and M√ľnster and the Association for the Conservation of Biodiversity in Kazakhstan (ACBK) will try to answer this question, doing fieldwork in the Korgalzhyn area in Kazakhstan. On this blog we will post on our findings and adventures.

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Dung use in nests of Black Larks

It has been an incredible while since we have posted something on this blog. Not because we are not working on it anymore, in the contrary, we have been quite busy. Yesterday, the first paper of this study has been published in The Auk: Ornithological Advances!

So, what is the answer on the question ' Why do Black Larks use dung at their nests"? Find out here http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1642/AUK-15-38.1.

We will be out more soon on why, and why it is so interesting!