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Do animals or birds have accents?
I know this sounds silly but people from different areas do have regional accents so do animals have diffeing calls dependant on the region they come from?
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agentju90 answers:

according to bbc1 spring watch skotish blackbirds have a different song to those down south. so yes.

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tracieboo answers:

Apparently birds do! It was on the One Show not so long ago. They had birds tweating from different ares of the uk and the bloke was saying that he could tell where they were from!! But i couldn't tell any difference!!

Supplement from 06/09/2008 09:29pm:

A Scotsman with a heavy brogue may speak the same language as a Texas cowboy, but each has a distinct accent; now researchers have discovered that female whipbirds in Australia sing the same basic songs, but with regional accents.

Female birds in general rarely sing, so that find itself is unusual. The determination is doubly noteworthy because the scientists observed that the males of this species, Psophodes olivaceus, sing with no accent whatsoever.

"It is so intriguing to see both of these opposite patterns occurring within the same species," said lead researcher Daniel Mennill, a professor of behavioral ecology at the University of Windsor in Canada.

"You wouldn't be shocked to visit one town and hear people speak with a twang, and then visit another town and hear a drawl ... .," he said. "But can you imagine if, in your travels, you found that females sounded different in each town, but males had the same brogue? These whipbirds demonstrate such a pattern."


Supplement from 06/09/2008 09:31pm:

Not only birds...

It's not just humans who sound different depending on where they come from - as experts have found cows have regional accents too!
They investigated after farmers claimed their cows had different moos depending on which herd they belonged to.

Experts reckon cows get their accents from those around them, like we do.

The cows aren't the first creatures to be found to have accents, as recent research has uncovered dogs, birds and frogs with certain voices.

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The farmers who reported the distinct moos have their own theory about where cows' accents come from.

Farmer Lloyd Green, from Glastonbury, said: "I spend a lot of time with my ones and they definitely moo with a Somerset drawl.

'Close bond'

"I've spoken to the other farmers in the West Country group and they have noticed a similar development in their own herds.

"It works the same as with dogs - the closer a farmer's bond is with his animals, the easier it is for them to pick up his accent."

Professor John Wells from the University of London confirmed that a cow's moo could change to suit the sound made by its herd.


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del79 answers:

i have an african grey parrot who speaks in welsh like me. but my neighbour who has just moved here from scotland said her parrot sounds totally different to mine.

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P-Kasso answers:

Aparently, according to an old BBC Focus magazine I was leafing through, ducks in London quack louder than ducks in Dorset which have a soft west country quack. The research was carried out by Middlesex University 2004. The need to be heard over the din of London traffic was thought to be the reason that patterns had changed.

I have noticed just this weekend that wood pigeons in Lewes have a slightly different call to wood pigeons in the woods around Newick which is less than 15 miles away, Struck me as strange. Not a big difference (I am no qualified twitcher) but enough to notice.

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mallaidh answers:

Not quite the same thing but I have noticed that blackbirds give a slightly different alarm call for a cat than for a human threat.

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