Meet Ripper, The Duck That Parrots People

You learn something new every day: At least one species of duck, Australia’s remarkable musk duck, can AND DO mimic human vocalizations and other sounds from their environment — just as parrots can do

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“It started with an obscure reference about an Australian musk duck and ended in a nice paper”, said ethologist Carel ten Cate, a professor of animal behavior and cognition at Leiden University.

here), bats, seals — and yes, humans (but not in other primates, thereby making humans unique members of this group.)

Thanks to Professor ten Cate’s diligence, we can add another bird species to the list of known vocal learners:

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