Birds can rearrange sounds to create meanings

A bird known as the chestnut-crowned babbler can rearrange meaningless sounds to create meaningful signals—previously thought to be a uniquely human skill, researchers say. “This is the first time that the capacity to generate new meaning from rearranging meaningless elements has been shown to exist outside of humans,” said Simon Townsend of the University of Zurich in Switzerland, co-author of a report on the findings.

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