Who would have thought? New research suggests that Superb Fairy Wren dads sing to their eggs – and the chicks favour dad’s tunes over mum’s!
An article in this month’s Australian Geographic magazine showcases the work of Professor Sonia Kleindorfer, Scientific Director of the Flinders Research Centre for Animal Behaviour at Flinders University. Professor Kleindorfer’s studies have found that “superb fairy-wren chicks start their song lessons while still inside their eggs and it seems they are particularly keen on their father’s singing.”
We see Superb Fairy Wrens often in our yard and along the river as we paddle past, often busily twittering amongst themselves. Now we know what all that noise is about!