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Birds Sing to Their Eggs, and This Song Might Help Their Babies Survive Climate Change

It’s possible that the information young birds absorb from their parents while they’re still in the egg plays a more significant role than was previously believed. I

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It’s possible that the information young birds absorb from their parents while they’re still in the egg plays a more significant role than was previously believed.

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It’s possible that birds can impart their knowledge of the weather to their young by writing it on the shells of their eggs.

This type of learning is known as embryonic learning, and it may in turn assist young birds in getting ready for the weather forecast.

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It was previously thought that birds who must fend for themselves as soon as they hatch, such as chickens or quails, have the ability to hear through their eggs.

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According to Kate Buchanan, the senior author of the new paper and one of the researchers involved in the study, “This acoustic signal is potentially being used to program the development of offspring.”

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They installed microphones in each of the 125 nests that were inhabited by captive zebra finches that were housed in an outdoor aviary.

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This song was only sung by the finches when the weather was particularly warm and when their young were very close to being born.

“Because they only do it toward the end of the incubation, it really looked like they do it to communicate with the egg,” Mariette says, as opposed to simply calling out because they are hot. “It really looked like they do it to communicate with the egg.”

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Source: Kingdomstv

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