In the “This has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day” news, scientists have discovered that female birds prefer male birds with bigger beaks. Shocking, we know.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, showed that bigger beaks equal more chicks. (Get it? Birds? Chicks? Whatever…) In fact, certain species of birds were found to experience a beak growth during mating season, according to

To be fair, the study doesn’t conclude that the bigger bills are grown exclusively to attract females. Russell Greenberg, head of SCBI’s Migratory Bird Center, said in a release by the Smithsonian that the larger beaks could “play a role in mating and fighting.”

Whatever the cause, the study found that beak size and mating go hand in hand. Which has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day, nor is it an analogy of any sort.

– Carlos Delgado, CBS Radio


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