Marvel at the unique anatomy

Songbirds have evolved a specialized two-sided vocal organ called the syrinx that allows them to perform impressive feats of vocal gymnastics—including the unique ability to create two unrelated pitches at once.

Here you’ll be able to peek inside and animate this amazing organ to learn exactly how some of the most impressive bird songs are produced.

Northern Cardinal, Domestic Canary, Brown Thrasher, & Wood Thrush

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How Birds Sing is part of a larger Interactive Feature where you'll find:
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    How Birds Sing Marvel at the unique anatomy of the syrinx How Birds Sing
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