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2010-08-04 09:36:25

Female budgerigars found to judge 'virtual males' by their contact calls Parrots are famed for their ability to mimic sounds and now researchers have used 'virtual mates' to discover if female parrots judge male contact calls when deciding on a mate. The research, published in Ethology, challenges traditional understandings of the difference between birds 'songs' and 'calls'. Parrots are among the few species of bird to have developed the ability to quickly learn and mimic new sounds, but the...


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jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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