Buzzed birds slur their songs, researchers find

December 30, 2014 1:04 AM

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You know how that guy at the karaoke bar singing Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" sounds a little off after he’s had a few drinks? The same goes for buzzed birds, according to a team led by researchers from Oregon Health & Science University.

For a study published in PLoS ONE, scientists found that when they got some unsuspecting zebra finches drunk, the birds slurred their songs. The findings could help scientists study the neural processes underlying birdsong – and shed light on human speech.

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