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The Science of the Syrinx

9 days ago   |   By Ornithology

A little anatomy today. In Chicago when I was a kid of about 10, I was sitting on my home's front porch when a parakeet landed on my head, obviously an escapee. A tame and lovely blue bird, I kept him for several years. I used to watch him warble (or whatever the semi-musical sound was he made) and was fascinated to watch the feathers of his throat stick out from their usual flat position. I thought there was a hole in his throat that he sang through. Turns out it's the syrinx making the throat vibrate.
Let's look at the inxes and ynxes involved here. In mammals, the pharynx is the space...
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