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These Australian ducks learn to insult humans | Digital Trends Spanish

Some species of animals, especially birds, are capable of reproducing some words spoken by humans. Some are even capable of insulting people.

Now research points out that musk ducks, a wild aquatic bird native to Australia, are also capable of imitating sounds.

In fact, in a video published by New Scientist magazine, one of these specimens can be heard pronouncing “you bloody fool”, probably in reference to a former caretaker.

This research was published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B, and has shown that ducks can imitate sounds of other birds and human sounds.

“Acquiring vocalizations by learning them from other individuals is only known in a limited number of animal groups,” the Leiden University scientists write in this new work.

“Here we provide evidence of vocal learning in a member of a basal clade of the avian phylogeny: the Australian musk duck (Biziura lobata) “.

The main duck in the record is called Ripper and scientists do not know how he would have learned to pronounce the phrase, although they think it could have been something his keeper said and that he learned.

The record was recorded by Australian scientist Peter J. Fullanger in July 1987, when the bird was four years old. In the video, the duck could be heard vocalizing dozens of times in a few minutes and at intervals of four to five seconds.

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