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A great question about birdsong

There are many mysteries about birdsong, some obvious and some not. This one hadn't occurred to me, but it's a great question:

"Why does a sedge wren with 300-400 different songs take days to reveal them, as if he didn't care whether anybody knew how many songs he was capable of singing?"

(From Nature's Music: The Science of Birdsong, chapter 4.)

Wednesday 7th August 2013 | birds | Permalink

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