Xing Xiaoying says the chattiest of China's southern birds - the Light-vented Bulbuls - are also sophisticated crooners with thousands of different songs. Photo: Xing Xiaoying

A worrying note for China's bulbul songbirds

With soft steps, careful not to rustle any leaves or crack the twigs strewn about before her, Xing Xiaoying pursues the Light-vented Bulbul songbird and takes aim with her long, camouflaged microphone. This ornithologist is on the hunt for music.

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