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Do animals have regional accents?

Do animals have regional accents?
Laura from Merseyside (Age: 15-24)

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2 Responses

  1. I’m no expert on this, but I believe that they do!

  2. Yes, but not in the way that we might recognise different accents in Britain. Take birds for example. All birds of a particular species sing the same rudimentary song – this seems to be genetic and so they inherit their song depending on their genes. However, deprive a bird of stimulation (put it in a quiet laboratory where it cannot hear any song) and its song will not really develop. Also, birds will give out the same alarm cries and ‘important information songs’ regardless of where they come from, as it is important that they get that message right every time. If a juvenile bird hears its parents singing, it is likely to pick up some of their characteristic additional song accents and flurries. Different parents living in different places can be teaching their offspring slightly different accents/tunes. To show how good young birds are at mimicking, some copy any song or sound that they hear – annoyingly for birds like starlings, this can include your mobile telephone’s ringtone or a completely different bird species’s song! Chimps are also suggested to have regional accents too, but how close this is to the difference between say Yorkshire and Berkshire I am not sure!

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