Good Rhythm Helps Birds Compete

Subject: Good Rhythm Helps Birds Compete
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2007 11:12:54 +1000
  Jam sessions in the avian world, rather than drawing a crowd, keep out
  pesky intruders, new research suggests.

  And magpie-lark duets with the most rhythm present a more threatening
  deterrent than those whistling off beat.

  "When partners sing, they signal to other magpie-larks that they are
  working as a team to defend their territory," said co-researcher Michelle
  Hall of the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany.

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