A new musical craze is sweeping across Canada, banishing traditional styles of song to the past.
A once-niche tune previously heard only among west-coast hipsters is now being blasted out the across the country – by sparrows.
In study spanning two decades, scientists have tracked how a rare melody sung by a few white-throated sparrows in British Columbia “went viral” across Canada. The tune, which ditched the sparrows’ usual three-note ending in favour of a unique two-note variant, has spread 2,000 miles across the country – wiping out the bird’s traditional song in the process.
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