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Bay Area Bird Blog » Birds sing “I’m a dad! I’m a dad!”
June
19th 2008
Birds sing “I’m a dad! I’m a dad!”

Posted under bird behavior & birds (general)

Reported in Science Daily: Researchers at Oregon State University, Wellesley College, Queen’s College, and Kent University recently published a study that reports that some birds change their songs when their chicks hatch, and that other birds of the same species are more likely to nest nearby — presumably the “success” song tells them that this is a good neighborhood to raise kids. 

“Finding the right habitat in which to breed is a matter of life and death for most birds,” said Matthew Betts, an OSU assistant professor of forest science and expert on avian ecology. “They don’t live a long time and they need to get it right the first time.”

“The common wisdom is that these birds select sites solely on vegetation structure,” Betts said. “If a bird selects a site for its nest that doesn’t have the appropriate cover and food supply, it most likely won’t be able to successfully breed. But now we know that young birds can listen to the songs of more experienced and successful birds and use this to help decide where they will nest the next year.”

 

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