Scientists Train Fairy-Wrens to Understand Foreign ‘Languages’

A team of ornithologists, led by Prof Robert Magrath of the Australian National University, has succeeded in teaching wild superb fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus) to recognize previously unfamiliar alarm calls. The scientists trained the fairy-wrens by playing unfamiliar sounds to them, while throwing a model glider of a predatory bird, a currawong or a sparrowhawk, over [...] —> Read More