The lack of a love song puts Australian bird species at risk: NPR - petsitterbank

The lack of a love song puts Australian bird species at risk: NPR

Researchers say male regent honeyeaters forget to sing. Instead, they sing garbled versions of songs they pick up from other bird species, and female honeyeaters are unimpressed.



NOEL KING, HOST:

Good morning. I’m Noel King. For a rare Australian bird, there is no romance without a good love song, and that puts the species at risk. The regent honeyeater sings to attract a mate, but researchers say the species’ males forget how to sing. Instead, they sing garbled versions of songs they pick up from other bird species, and female honeyeaters are unimpressed. Male honeyeaters, guys, just be yourself. It’s MORNING EDITION.

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