Transmissions through time: the 2017 advent calendar
Day 1

The talking birds

Sir David Attenborough investigates the difference between mimicry and language in this clip from his 1973 CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Some animals have the physical equipment to mimic human speech, but that doesn’t mean they have the brain to understand human language. In this video Sir David Attenborough speaks to two greater Indian hill mynas to demonstrate the divide between language and mimicry.

Sir David Attenborough gave the 1973 CHRISTMAS LECTURES The languages of animals. This clip is from his sixth lecture Animal language, human language.