How does a starling’s voice box work?

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I’ve seen lots of videos about starlings being excellent mimics ([most recent for your enjoyment is a starling outside a UK police station](https://www.instagram.com/reel/C5lTu04tsOx/?igsh=OHJqYjE1OGpuZGph)) but how do they actually do it? What is it about their voice boxes that means they can make sounds you’d expect could only come from a machine or multiple voices together?

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Birds don’t have vocal cords in a voice box (Larynx) like humans. They have a syrinx which is a groups of muscles and membranes around the windpipe (trachea) down close to where it branches into the lungs. And unlike humans there are several sets of muscles and membranes giving birds more control over the vibrations they make and the ability to make several different vibrations at once.

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