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City birds raise their tempo

Birds change their tune to be heard over traffic.

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  1. SlabbekoornH., Boer-VisserA., . Current Biology, 16. 2326 - 2331 (2006).

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Towie, N. City birds raise their tempo. Nature (2006).

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