Laughter can be contagious, even for birds. Andrew Masterson reports.
New Zealand’s kea parrot (Nestor notabilis), it seems, is always ready for a laugh and a bit of mucking about, particularly when the suggestion comes from another kea.
Research by a team led by Raoul Schwing of the Messerli Research Institute in Austria and published in the journal Current Biology reveals that in its vocal repertoire the kea has a “play call” – a sound that both announces its own playful mood and induces nearby birds to join in the fun.
pickinduck: I am trying to write a song about buns for IN THE YEAR 3,000.
Jun 5, 2016 13:27:29 GMT -6
pickinduck: If we lived under water would we consider the air to be outer space?
Jul 3, 2016 14:41:48 GMT -6
sherlew99: What a fascinating concept. Well the air above would occupy an area of space. Plus the basic word "space" is just a common term that fails to include the vast, wonderful weirdness out there between all objects out beyond our world.
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sherlew99: Have to go now. See you later.
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sherlew99: I have to go get a little housework done. Will stop back by a bit later.
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pickinduck: Sherlew what ya doin?
Dec 10, 2016 10:10:34 GMT -6
sherlew99: Sorry I missed your message. Don't remember precisely what I was doing that day. Was probably doing a lot of online news reading, though. The upcoming Trump administration has me worried.
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