BirdNote: Pecking Order
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Birds in flocks almost invariably develop a pecking order. An alpha chicken can peck any other in the flock, and a beta chicken can peck all others but the alpha, etc. Juncos and other small birds have a pecking order, too.
The pecking order, or dominance hierarchy, of a flock of birds is usually this: males are dominant to females and adults are dominant to young birds. As a flock changes and birds come and go, the pecking order changes.
Learn more this week on BirdNote, Saturday morning before the 9 o'clock news on VPR.