updated 12:58 PM EST, Sun July 13, 2014

"Humans might think eavesdropping is rude, but there's no shame in it if you hail from the avian world. In fact, it's a great way to boost your chances of survival."

To sidestep the disadvantages of their lonesome lifestyle, scimitarbills have evolved a clever eavesdropping strategy that allows them to benefit from the alarm calls of another bird species.

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