Talking Duck Stuns Animal Behavior Researcher
Talking Duck Stuns Animal Behavior Researcher
Leiden University’s Carel ten Cate tracked down 34-year-old duck recordings—and the man who made them—to verify that musk ducks are capable of vocal learning, an ability that hadn’t been thought to exist in waterfowl.
Talking Duck Stuns Animal Behavior Researcher
Talking Duck Stuns Animal Behavior Researcher

Leiden University’s Carel ten Cate tracked down 34-year-old duck recordings—and the man who made them—to verify that musk ducks are capable of vocal learning, an ability that hadn’t been thought to exist in waterfowl.

Leiden University’s Carel ten Cate tracked down 34-year-old duck recordings—and the man who made them—to verify that musk ducks are capable of vocal learning, an ability that hadn’t been thought to exist in waterfowl.

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Image of the Day: Vocal Tracks
Image of the Day: Vocal Tracks
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 25, 2019
Hear seals imitating human sounds and melodies.
Image of the Day: Watch and Learn
Image of the Day: Watch and Learn
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 25, 2019
Young zebra finches that receive feedback after they sing from a video of a fluffed-up female eventually develop more accurate tunes.
What Bat Quarrels Tell Us About Vocal Learning
What Bat Quarrels Tell Us About Vocal Learning
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 1, 2018
New research shows humans aren’t that different from our winged cousins.
Singing Through Tone Deafness
Singing Through Tone Deafness
The Scientist Staff | Mar 16, 2017
Author Tim Falconer didn't take his congenital amusia lying down. With the help of neuroscientists and vocal coaches, he tried to teach himself to sing against all odds.
Singing In the Brain
Singing In the Brain
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 1, 2017
His first love was dance, but Erich Jarvis has long courted another love—understanding how the brain learns vocalization.