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Topic Reading-Vol.2865-2/14/2020

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2020/02/14 Topic Reading-Vol.2865-2/14/2020

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Penguins’ speech patterns are similar to humans, a new study finds

The African penguin is one of the smallest species. Even though they may not be found in the icy and windy continent, they are covered in an array of black, white, and gray dense, waterproof feathers that keep them dry and warm in the cold waters off the African coast. African penguins communicate with one another through body language and voices. They are known to use three different types of calls, a bray to attract a mate, the yell to scare others, and the haw to call their partners. Recently, researchers found that their frequently used words are shorter like humans. It is an efficient way to communicate within their limited vocabulary and is a similar trait of humans. Also, each penguin has his or her distinctive voice to identify itself. Indeed, imagine a large flock of similar-looking penguins in the mating season. Voice recognition is essential to find the right partner.

Enjoy reading the article and learn how the flightless birds communicate with each other.

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