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Friday, July 03, 2020

Birds rarely change their chirpy little tunes, and when they do, it's typically limited to the local environment, where slight song variants basically become regional dialects. New research published today in Current Biology describes an extraordinary exception to this rule, in which a novel song sung by white-throated sparrows is spreading across Canada at an unprecedented rate. What's more, the new song appears to be replacing the pre-existing melody, which dates as far back as the 1960s.



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I saw this on a couple of days ago.

Interesting stuff.

I like this comment...

A sparrow song remix took over North America with astonishing speed

...The rapid spread of the new song is akin to someone moving from Kentucky to Vancouver and everyone in Vancouver suddenly picking up a Kentucky accent, says Ken Otter, an avian behavioral ecologist at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, Canada....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-07-03 02:44 PM | Reply

#1 | Posted by LampLighter

I read that story too. Nature is amazing, isn't it?

#2 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-07-03 03:10 PM | Reply

#1 Rebellious youth. Their parents gave them everything, including both kinds of music, Country

#3 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-07-03 03:11 PM | Reply

To be fair, the old one was *ahem* getting old:

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-07-03 03:17 PM | Reply

#1 | Posted by LampLighter

You should post stories like this - don't leave the asylum to the inmates.

#5 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-07-03 05:42 PM | Reply

There's a mockingbird in a palm tree nearby. The sound is not quite the same as what I remember from back east.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-07-04 02:13 AM | Reply

Rat your link got my cat going. He is now convinced that I'm hiding a bird on my person somewhere.

#7 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2020-07-04 06:19 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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