Teleflora Blog

Share PermalinkCommentcomment

Bird's hormones triggered by sight of flower

by webdev

January 12, 2011

Thomas Luloff of the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada recently suggested that the sight of the thistle flower may be what ultimately triggers the goldfinch's testosterone, prompting it to mate in the midst of so much food abundance.

According to Wired Science, goldfinches and their young feed on the seeds of the thistles, indicating that the preliminary suggestion of food was enough to trigger the birds' mating instincts.

Birds were kept in separate rooms featuring blooming and non-blooming thistles. Those exposed to the sight of the blooming variety showed a marked increase in testosterone levels.

Those who wish to bring birds to their gardens or use blooms favored by the winged creatures in a bird-inspired bouquet can buy flowers online or plant thistle outside. Other bird favorites include bachelor's buttons, aster, cosmos and spider flower, according to

This article is brought to you by Teleflora - a leader in the flower delivery service for over 75 years. Teleflora helps its customers buy flowers online and specializes in bringing the freshest available flowers for a variety of holidays and occasions - all hand-delivered in keepsake vases by the best local florists.


Add comment

Commenting Options

Enter your personal information to the left




comment policy