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Bird Song


Scientists believe learning more about the common songbird can helps us gain a better understanding of the human brain. In Washington County, molecular biologist Claudio Mello is studying sparrows in the breeding season. The sparrows can learn and repeat five or six different songs, and recognize the songs of their rivals.

First Broadcast: 2005
Producer: Jim Newman

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Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1605