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Andy Radford on the Pied Babbler

Behavioural biologist Professor Andy Radford introduces the watchman's song and the role of the sentry amongst pied babblers.

Professor Andy Radford, a Behavioural Biologist at the University of Bristol describes how the Pied Babbler uses the Watchman's song in its role as a sentry whilst the rest of the flock forage for food on the ground.

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Producer: Sarah Blunt
Photograph: Petrus van Zyl.

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