Duetting wrens sing with telepathic link

The great duetters in history may have had more than just musical chemistry: for songbirds, there could even be a link between minds. In a new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, researchers studied the brains of male and female plain-tailed wrens as they sang duets. Their synchronised music wasn’t … Continue reading Duetting wrens sing with telepathic link

Songbirds without a song

What’s a songbird without its song? Sadly, we are finding out. Australian regent honeyeaters are failing to learn their species’ tune due to dwindling populations, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, and this is thwarting the male birds’ ability to attract females. Like humans and other species, … Continue reading Songbirds without a song

Noisy silence

New Zealand’s use of toxic aerial baits to rid the islands of invasive mammal predators has attracted claims that forests “fall silent”, with birdsong declines after each operation.  Listening to the forests, scientists have found little evidence for the claims, according to a study published in the New Zealand Journal of Ecology. At a species level, however, chaffinches … Continue reading Noisy silence