31 Mar '16, 4pm

Watch a video of a little bird that can sing with its wings:

Watch a video of a little bird that can sing with its wings:

African Broadbill. Photo: Francesco Veronesi/Flickr CC (by SA 2.0) Most birds have to open their beaks to sing, but when it comes to the dainty broadbill, all it has to do is wiggle its wings. In African and Rufous-sided Broadbills, circular flight displays (see the video below) are accompanied by a pulsing song that can be heard from more than 300 feet away. The brreeeeet sound, which resembles a klaxon horn , doesn’t come from vocalizations, but rather from the fluttering of wing feathers, as explained in a study published today in the Journal of Experimental Biology . Some types of birds, such as hummingbirds and doves, can sing with both their syrinx—the avian equivalent of a voicebox—and their wings and tails, says study author Christopher Clark, a researcher at the University of California, Riverside. Clark knew that broadbills make some pretty cool noises, too, but ...

Full article: http://www.audubon.org/news/watch-little-bird-can-sing-it...

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