Prof Sue Healy


Harold Mitchell 208
tel. 01334 462065
fax. 01334 463042

I have several avenues of research currently underway all stemming from an interest in adaptation and cognition.  I investigate cognitive ablities in non-model organisms such as hummingbirds, zebra finches and bowerbirds and I am especially interested in 'animal cognition in the wild' and test cognitive abilities of animals (nearly always birds) in as natural conditions as possible. I currently have two major projects: 1) cognitive abilities of rufous hummingbirds (in collaboration with Andy Hurly, U. of Lethbridge, Canada) and 2) the cognitive basis of nest building in birds (in collaboration with Simone Meddle, U. of Edinburgh, UK).  I am also interested in explanations for variation in brain size (in collaboration with Candy Rowe, U. of Newcastle, UK).



Pritchard, DJ, Tello Ramos, MC, Muth, F & Healy, SD 2017, 'Treating hummingbirds as feathered bees: a case of ethological cross-pollination' Biology Letters, vol 13, no. 12, 20170610. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0610
McIvor, GE & Healy, SD 2017, 'Nest site selection and patterns of nest re-use in the Hooded Crow Corvus cornix' Bird Study, vol 64, no. 3, pp. 374-385. DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2017.1364220
Carlson, NV, Healy, SD & Templeton, CN 2017, 'Hoo are you? Tits do not respond to novel predators as threats' Animal Behaviour, vol 128, pp. 79-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.04.006
Hornsby, MAW, Healy, SD & Hurly, TA 2017, 'Wild hummingbirds can use the geometry of a flower array' Behavioural Processes, vol 139, pp. 33-37. DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2017.01.019
Guillette, LM & Healy, SD 2017, 'The roles of vocal and visual interactions in social learning zebra finches: a video playback experiment' Behavioural Processes, vol 139, pp. 43-49. DOI: 10.1016/j.beproc.2016.12.009
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