Posted by: atowhee | November 25, 2020

PUTTING THE MUSIC BACK IN SONG

Some of the original research into bird song was conducted in the Bay Area by the late Luis Baptista. He showed the world that local populations of White-crowned Sparrows have their own dialects, that local bird language changes over time and that young birds learn their neighbors’ dialect, they are not born singing like their parents.

Current research shows that the lockdown of loud, mechanized hominids has allowed sparrows in the Bay Area to return to using old-fashioned tunes again. A fiddle and a bow and away we go…


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