Could mating preferences, like females preferring males who sing complex songs, affect the evolution of learning? Insights from birds could have clues for how people learn throughout their lives.
Birds spend a lot of time and energy singing, but they don't do it the same way in every season of the year. And some can't sing at all. What's the purpose of birdsong?
Biologists investigated whether birds that search for multiple mates would evolve ever more elaborate songs to attract them. What they found might have surprised Darwin.
Robins are a much loved Christmas icon, but wind turbines installed in their habitat are affecting their song, with worrying consequences.
Today, we're hearing about a researcher who records birdsong, how tech changes music and why song might help address Indigenous language loss.
Both male and female birds sing to impress other birds, but as well as that, they do it for pleasure!