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February 06, 2006

Birds Distinguish Languages!

A team of Japanese researchers discovered that Paddy birds have the ability to distinguish between English and Chinese. Keio University's Professor Shigeru Watanabe together with fellow researchers confirmed that the birds were able to distinguish between the two by conducting experiments consisting partly of reading English and Chinese translations of Japanese novels aloud.

It is believed to be the first time that scientific tests had proven that the birds shared the ability previously shown by mice, monkeys and various mammals. Watanabe said. "If we study common traits, such as brain structure, this may shed light on the mechanisms of speech recognition."
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