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031 Pint of Science Takeover -Superb Fairywrens with Ettore Camerlenghi

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Wrapping up the Takeover of The Bird Emergency by The Pint of Science Australia, is Ettore Camerlenghi, who is studying the complex and surprising social structure and behaviour of the Superb Fairywren on the outskirts of Melbourne, here in Victoria, as a PhD candidate at Monash University. Ettore has been monitoring many groups of these delicate passerines, and identifying the familial releationships between the individuals that comprise these groups, and unlocking the relationships within and between groups outside of the breeding season. How the birds cooperate to achieve optimal success in rearing young, maintain diversity, defend territories and avoid predation is the aim of this study, but as Ettore begins to answer these questions, many more questions are raised. Peek into the fascinating world of one of the most intriguing of Australia's little bush birds and learn how Ettore has gone from a 10 year old who loved birds in northern Italy, to an ornithologist who has been studying birds in the fjords of Iceland, the Amazon jungle and the woodland outskirts of Melbourne. Check out the range of activities during #Pint21Au at