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June 14, 2020 - CNN

Birds aren't all singing the same song. They have dialects, too

Birds aren't all singing the same song. They have dialects, too
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Laura Molles is so attuned to birds that she can tell where birds of some species are from just by listening to their song.

She's not a real-world Dr Doolittle. She's an ecologist in Christchurch, New Zealand, who specializes in a little-known area of science: bird dialects.

While some birds are born knowing how to sing innately, many need to be taught how to sing by adults -- just like humans. Those birds can develop regional dialects, meaning their songs sound slightly different depending on where they live. Think Boston and Georgia accents, but for birds.

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