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Keas are massive alpine parrots from New Zealand. Clever and social, they’ve olive-green plumage, a crimson rump, and an extended, curved beak. Keas produce a definite warbling name, a “play name,” that sounds — and capabilities — very similar to a human’s contagious laughter. Scientists made recordings of captive Keas making warbling calls, then performed them for wild Keas. They started taking part in tougher and even engaged birds that hadn’t been taking part in. Listening to it appeared to place them in a playful temper, even after they have been alone.

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Playful Keas Produce Contagious Laughter

Written by GrrlScientist
 
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[Kea “play call” recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pKKc6p0M7Q]
 “Chuckle, and the world laughs with you,” is an outdated saying* that’s true for folks — and for some parrots, too.
[Wild Kea calls from Raoul Schwing]
Keas [Pronounced KEE-uhz] are massive alpine parrots that reside on New Zealand’s South Island. They’re the clowns of the parrot world. With olive-green plumage, a crimson rump, and an extended, curved beak, these social birds are clever and playful.
Once they’re taking part in, Keas produce a definite warbling name, a “play name,” that sounds — and capabilities — very similar to contagious laughter in people.
Scientists in Austria, who examine how birds assume and behave, wished to check this concept. They recorded captive Keas making these warbling calls, then traveled to New Zealand the place they performed the recordings for wild Keas. Wild Keas that had been taking part in started taking part in tougher and even engaged birds that had not been taking part in in any respect.
[Kea “play call” recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pKKc6p0M7Q]
Scientists assume the play name had an emotional impact on the birds. Listening to it appeared to place them in a playful temper, even after they have been alone.
[Kea “play call” recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pKKc6p0M7Q followed by human laughter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkgVtktHlZ8]
What’s your play name? Is it a referee’s whistle? The final college bell? Inform us what you hear — on our Fb web page, or at BirdNote.org.
I’m Mary McCann.
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Bird sounds supplied by Messerli Analysis Institute, College of Veterinary Medication Vienna.
Recorded by Raoul Schwing.
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© 2017 Tune In to Nature.org   July/August 2017 July 2022   Narrator: Mary McCann
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* From the poem Solitude, by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1883
 
 
learn extra: https://www.forbes.com/websites/grrlscientist/2017/03/24/playing-parrots-p…
 
 
 
 
 

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