Lovebirds Adore Our Inefficient Air-Conditioning

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Probably most of a decade. It seemed to be during the hot summer time where students would come back into the building and knock on my door. Had you see the love windows events you know and i said yeah i have and they'd say well what do you think they're doing. Why are why are there and you know. Maybe they're cooling down or or you know avoiding and said while it. That sounds really interesting. Maybe we should do a study on it. Arizona state university biologist kevin mcgraw typically studies the way animals including birds use color as a way to communicate but he couldn't resist the avian mystery just outside the office door after hearing about the birds perching on campus buildings year after year. He decided to enlist the help of undergraduate students. To figure out what they were up too rosy faced lovebirds are a type of parrot native to the arid parts of south west africa like namibia's desert probably due to the pet trade. They became established in phoenix arizona. Around thirty five years ago in their native range they usually stick to natural areas but in phoenix. They seem to prefer urban areas like the asu campus. You know. it's it's the hottest city in north america here in phoenix. And there aren't a lot of micro sites natively in the desert. Where you can you can so call hide or in this case. Cool down some of the older buildings on campus have inefficient cooling systems that release cooled air into the environment. It's bad for efficiency but good for the birds even though rosy faced lovebirds live in phoenix year round the researchers found that they seek out the air conditioning relief vents only between june and october. And there most likely to do it. On the hottest days that exceed ninety nine degrees fahrenheit the results were published the journal biology

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