Kalahari weavers’ intricate duets show they’re far from bird-brained
When one calls, its partner joins the song within a fraction of a second, in perfect coordination, a study reveals
Birds of a feather may flock together, but some take it further and perfectly synchronise their brains to sing duets.
Researchers from Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (https://www.orn.mpg.de/en) analysed the calls, songs and brain activities of white-browed sparrow-weavers, one of the few species that sing in duet, in northern SA’s Kalahari savannah.
“White-browed sparrow-weavers cannot develop their complex social structure in the laboratory,” said Cornelia Voigt of the zoology and entomology department at the University of Pretoria, one of the study’s lead authors...