That woodpecker knocking is actually a drum solo, scientists say

Woodpeckers drumming and singing are governed by similar specialized structures in the birds’ brains, a new study found. The findings are especially intriguing because the singing of songbirds has important parallels to human speech. Both behaviors serve the same purposes of marking out territory and attracting mates, the researchers said. Both are learned when young, but have a genetic component in the genetic component of their behavior. The study published last week in the journal PLOS Biology was published in PLOS biology.

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