Originally said by Maurice Moss
I came here to kick ass and drink milk... and I've just finished my milk
Flickering, I roam
Registered: Sep 2006
Location: Chateau Verdafloor
Originally posted by Lira
Given their brains, I'm sure it's not as complex as we take it to be. Probably the reason why we can't "get it" is because we aren't birds ourselves
Oh yeah, absolutely. I have no illusions that their vocabulary is anything like that of a human language.
What I do find interesting though, is that the same types of birds will sound very, very different in different locations. We have tame Grey Butcherbirds here, for example, and we know the sounds they make quite well, since they're here quite a bit. But when we travel up to Fraser Island (about 300km north) they sound completely different. Some similar sounds here and there (alarm calls, angry sounds) but for the most part it's like a different language. I always find it fascinating
Registered: Nov 2001
Location: Brasilia, Brazil and Manaus, Brazil
Originally posted by Sushipunk
it's like a different language. I always find it fascinating
Actually, that's because it is
That's exactly how human languages branch off from one another. Well, I don't even need to come up with an abstract example: Brits probably noticed you were not from their neck of woods when you were in the UK, and Australia was colonised not long ago; had mass communication not been invented, I'm sure Australians would speak a language intelligible to Brits and Americans alike in a couple of centuries...