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Kea parrots respond to play call (kea parrot laugh)

le 20 mars à 19:50 #


The kea parrot (Nestor notabilis) has a “play call”, a vocalization which signals a playful state. Researchers used recorded play calls to test the effect on wild kea. Both juveniles and adults respond by engaging in play behaviour.

Credits
Image & video: Raoul Schwing
Research:
Positive emotional contagion in a New Zealand parrot
Raoul Schwing, Ximena J. Nelson, Amelia Wein, Stuart Parsons
Current Biology, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.02.020