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White-Throated Sparrows Change Their Tune

Source: Hina Alam · The Canadian Press, cbc.ca, July 05, 2020

One researcher has compared the new tune to people picking up the accent and phrases of a new area they move into.

White-throated sparrows are changing their tune — an unprecedented development scientists say has caused them to sit up and take note.

Ken Otter, a biology professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, whose paper on the phenomenon was published on Thursday, said most bird species are slow to change their songs, preferring to stick with tried-and-true tunes to defend territories and attract females.

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