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Is Coronavirus for the Birds? How the COVID-19 Shutdown Affected This Bird’s Song

The dramatic reduction in automobile traffic noise in San Francisco during the COVID-19 lockdown has allowed a common songbird to sing softer, more elaborate songs that are more appealing to the ladies

by GrrlScientist for Forbes | Twitter | Newsletter

NOTE: This piece was a Forbes Editor’s pick.

Adult white-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) (Credit: Steve Ryan / CC BY-SA 2.0)

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PhD evolutionary ecology/ornithology. Psittacophile. scicomm Forbes, previously Guardian. always Ravenclaw. discarded scientist & writer, now an angry house elf