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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

Sumin Woo

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...

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