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How do birds understand ‘foreign’ calls?

Source: kyoto-u.ac.jp

You may not speak French, but if someone behind you in a forest shouted this, you’d likely understand and become instantly alert.

And according to a new report from Kyoto University’s Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, the same thing happens in birds.

Previous reports have shown that animals with shared predators can eavesdrop on and respond to each other’s calls, indicating that they can partly understand other species. Toshitaka Suzuki, publishing in Current Biology, noticed a similar phenomenon among two different bird species while conducting field studies. MORE

Header image: Kyoto University/Toshitaka Suzuki.