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I Know Why the Caged Researcher Sings

Researchers from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen in the UK are conducting a study on the relationship between bird songs and… uh… apparently any facet of the human experience. In what sounds to me like an interesting premise with impossibly broad scope, they will attempt to determine “how bird sounds evoke…

Finally, New Jersey tax payers are investing time and money to discern birds’ preference in popular music. Elizabeth Demaray and John Walsh at Rutgers University are conducting an exhibition, featuring four ten-foot tall red perches. On each perch a different style of music will be played on repeat: classical, rock, country and jazz. The songs…

Some Birds Don?t Dig the Oldies

Scientists have long known that birds develop local dialects, but they didn’t know that birds’ languages can go out of style with the times. According to an article in England’s Daily Mail, behavioral ecologist Elizabeth Derryberry tested songs of male whitecrowned sparrows from the 1970’s against songs recorded this year. When Derryberry played the modern…