vocal learning in bats
vocal learning in bats
Bats learn how to communicate by repeating adult colony members. Photo by PD-USGov, via Wikimedia Commons

Learning to communicate by repeating others (known as vocal learning), is only done by a handful of mammalian species, including humans. Typically, babies learn from their mother, but new research on bats demonstrates that bat babies can learn the dialect of the colony by repeating noises from the other colony members. Understanding how bats pick up their “language” will give insight into how human infants acquire speech and learn a language, researchers say.

Read the full story: https://www.nature.com/news/how-baby-bats-develop-their-dialects-1.22926

Scientific publication: http://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.2002556