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It’s true: Mice actually sing, especially when they’re looking for a mate. That’s not anything new. But unlike birdsong, mouse-song is much too high-pitched for humans to hear. 

In a new study published in Frontiers of Behavioral Neuroscience, researchers at Duke University took a new approach to analyzing mouse songs: They analyzed them the way scientists analyze bird songs. They looked for changes in the way mice string together syllables, hoping to analyze whether they used and responded to different songs in different situations.

Sure enough, male mice on the lookout for a mate gave complex song performances. But once they were in a female’s presence, they simmered down. Females seemed to be more receptive to those first, more complex songs.


Video of mice singing: (Loud) [x]

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