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Honeyeaters send lightning-fast warning signals


New Holland honeyeaters are experts at sounding the alarm when there’s danger, according to new research from biologists at The Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Cambridge.

Study authors, Dr Jessica McLachlan and Professor Rob Magrath, found honeyeaters can spread the word in the blink of an eye, using a two-stage alarm.

It’s particularly effective when they are threatened by fast-moving birds of prey.

“When a hawk is swooping down, its target has only a fraction of a second to flee to cover – a split second can make the difference between life and death,” Dr McLachlan said. MORE

Header image: Jessica McLachlan.

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