Sparrow songs tune into context

You know how even though the “k” in skill and “g” in guilt sound really similar, we know to put them in different categories? Many linguists think that ability to differentiate similar sounds based on context is uniquely human. But new research suggests that a type of bird, the swamp sparrow, does the same thing. Learn more in my new piece for Scienceline.
 
Image: Flickr / Peter Wilton

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