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  Ducks 'quack in regional accents'
Updated 04 June 2004, 10.36

Wonder what accent this duck's got?
It might sound quackers, but ducks from the city make a different noise to their country cousins.

London ducks have a rougher quack which resembles a shout, while ducks from Cornwall make a softer sound, a university study has found.

"The Cornish ducks made longer and more relaxed sounds. The cockney quack is like a shout and a laugh," said one of the research team.

It means that ducks' "accents" mimic those of the people in these regions.

The researchers said there was a reason for the sound made by the city ducks.

"London ducks have the stress of city life and a lot of noise to compete with, like sirens, horns, planes and trains," they explained.

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