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I'm Adorably Cute

By Don Miller & CWS Team | Oct. 9, 2019.

The human voice can be stunningly beautiful! Yet it’s created by only two elastic straps…and a bit of help from your throat. To be sure, these straps are hi-tech. But compared to birds, the human vocal anatomy is a bare-bones operation.

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The unassuming tiny syrinx in the chest of birds far exceeds human voice straps. It’s hidden away at the junction of the two bronchi airways coming from their lungs. The syrinx is the most sophisticated sound producer on earth, surpassing human vocal chords by a long stretch!

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A bird’s syrinx has two membranes that slip in and out of two airways–whereas humans have only one membrane. These bird-chirping membranes attach to super-speed muscles that can pump out 400 blistering pulses per second—a drummer’s dream. Not only that, bird brains can produce sound patterns that make both sets of the pulses work in concert with each other!  DNA-coded duets! Pretty wild!

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Birds are also equipped with all sorts of snazzy extras across the bird world including a “bulla.” Geese broadcast cute, obnoxious honks using their bulla. All and all, the bird equipment is quite stunning!

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From the gentle cheep-a-cheep of chicks to the fun hooting of owls and melodic coos of a mourning dove, we should be grateful for the pleasantries of wildlife! Some exotic bird songs are seriously zany! All are kind gifts from the One thoughtful Sound Engineer who created bird songs and each of us!

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Trust His love wholly today. It brings GREAT reward (Hebrews 11:6).

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