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Like humans, hummingbirds are vocal learners: they can adapt their vocalizations by listening to others. Vocal learning might have evolved from the ability to learn movements from others. If this is true, vocal learners should also be able to learn movements by watching one another. Writing in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Araya-Salas et al. provide evidence for social learning of complex movements in long-billed hermit hummingbirds (Phaethornis longirostris; M. Araya-Salas et al.Proc. R. Soc. B286, 20190666; 2019).