Here’s How Birds Make Do Without External Ears
Birds have the incredible ability to hear different sounds even though they don’t have outer ears like mammals do.
In fact, birds can perceive whether the source of a sound is above them, below them, or at the same level. But how do they do it?
It’s not magic. According to a new study conducted by researchers at Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM) in Germany, birds localize sound by using their entire heads like giant outer ears.
For the study, the researchers examined the eardrums of crows, ducks and chickens, measuring the volume of sounds that hit the birds’ eardrums at different angles. The researchers noticed that sounds hit the eardrums on the left and right side of the bird’s head at different frequencies, and these frequencies varied depending on the direction that sound was coming from.
This suggests that the bird’s brain processes the difference in frequency between the ears to determine where that sound originated in relation to the bird’s eye level, the researchers say.
Similarly, a mammal’s outer ear is responsible, in part, for helping to place the location of a sound, by funneling and focusing sound frequencies as the sound travels to the middle ear —> Read More Here