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RE: Study: Mockingbirds can tell people apart, react

Response to story in USA Today 5.20.2009
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2009-05-19-mockingbird_N.htm

Perhaps because Mockingbirds have the unique ability to essentially ‘mock’ other birds, they may have adapted to observe and understand unique Humans. After all, Parrots listen and mock as well; unless they can understand too. lol

The sense of smell would be my first guess as to why Mockingbirds can recognize individual people so easily. Also, their natural sight and hearing ability may be heightened due to their mocking ability. They might be able to understand what all the other birds are saying and are actually translator/communicators.

Either way it is fun to listen to their song.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTsodDlKuE0

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