"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Monday, September 19, 2005
Scientists have heard possibly the most complex vocalising by any creature aside from humans as they stood in an Ecuadorian bamboo forest listening to plain-tailed wrens.
The sheer number of singers and their impressive synchronicity put the birds at the top of the world pops, according to researchers from the University of St Andrews, Scotland.
"It's already known that some birds duet and that others sing in choruses, but these wrens do both and, furthermore, the choruses are extraordinarily precise and well coordinated," says Peter Slater, a St Andrews biology professor who led the study, which is published online in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.
Slater says that up to seven birds sing "choruses", with males and females contributing different parts.
Oh, sure - but can they do this?
By the way, I despise Queen almost as much as I loathe Pink Floyd, but I thought that this was amusing in a sick, obsessive way, and surprisingly insightful: