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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Screams Communicate Human Emotions
Screams Communicate Human Emotions
Phil Jaekl | Jul 1, 2021
A group of self-styled screamologists are sifting through the noisiness of nonverbal human vocalizations and finding previously undemonstrated forms of communication.
Naked Mole Rat Colonies Have Their Own Unique Dialects
Naked Mole Rat Colonies Have Their Own Unique Dialects
Amanda Heidt | Feb 4, 2021
Chirp dialects appear to be enforced by the colony’s queen, but scientists aren’t sure how. 
The Sound and the Fear
The Sound and the Fear
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2020
See University of California, Los Angeles, animal behavior researcher Dan Blumstein explain common characteristics of vocalizations that express fearful emotions.
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.
Browsing Deer Affect How A Forest Sounds
Browsing Deer Affect How A Forest Sounds
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2019
Changes in the auditory environment as a result of herbivory could influence how animals communicate, and may have implications for sound-based monitoring of species.
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.
Recording of “Sonic Attack” in Cuba Was Crickets: Scientists
Recording of “Sonic Attack” in Cuba Was Crickets: Scientists
Kerry Grens | Jan 7, 2019
Biologists say a sound suspected to have caused headaches, nausea, and possible brain damage among diplomats is actually of insects chirping.
Why Human Speech Is Special
Why Human Speech Is Special
Philip Lieberman | Jul 1, 2018
Evolutionary changes in both the vocal tract and the brain were necessary for humans’ remarkable gift of gab.
Primer: Acoustics and Physiology of Human Speech
Primer: Acoustics and Physiology of Human Speech
Philip Lieberman | Jun 30, 2018
People have a unique anatomy that supports our ability to produce complex language.
Image of the Day: Whistling Caterpillar
Image of the Day: Whistling Caterpillar
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2018
Nessus sphinx hawkmoth larvae make alarm calls using mechanics similar to rocket engines. 
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.
Sound of the Day: Big Mouth Gulf Corvina
Sound of the Day: Big Mouth Gulf Corvina
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 20, 2017
Researchers document the loudest sound ever recorded in fish.
Biologists Will Be Listening to the Eclipse
Biologists Will Be Listening to the Eclipse
Kerry Grens | Aug 18, 2017
At 100 sites around North America, field recorders are set to record natures’ response to the blotting out of the sun on Monday.
Song Around the Animal Kingdom
Song Around the Animal Kingdom
The Scientist Staff | Mar 1, 2017
Diverse species are said to sing, but music is in the ear of the beholder.
Birds May Make Music, But They Lack Rhythm
Birds May Make Music, But They Lack Rhythm
Jenny Rood | Mar 1, 2017
Birdsong bears a striking resemblance to human music, but it’s not yet clear that birds interpret it that way.
Bats Sing Sort of Like Birds
Bats Sing Sort of Like Birds
Bob Grant | Mar 1, 2017
Some bat vocalizations resemble bird songs, though at higher frequencies, and as researchers unveil the behaviors’ neural underpinnings, the similarities may run even deeper.
Researchers Study Rodent Songs They Can’t Hear
Researchers Study Rodent Songs They Can’t Hear
Joshua A. Krisch | Mar 1, 2017
Mice and rats produce ultrasonic signals to attract mates.
The Mystery of Whale Song
The Mystery of Whale Song
Kate Yandell | Mar 1, 2017
Structured whale songs are shared by group members and evolve over time, but the calls’ functions are still unclear.
Fish Use a Variety of Sounds to Communicate
Fish Use a Variety of Sounds to Communicate
Kerry Grens | Mar 1, 2017
Many fish species click, grunt, growl, grumble, or hum—but is it music?