Social influences during song development in the song sparrow:a laboratory experiment simulating field conditions

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) Science Article 14

abstract

Oscine songbirds are exposed to many more songs than they keep for their final song repertoire and littleis known about how a bird selects the particular song(s) to sing as an adult. We simulated in thelaboratory the key variables of the natural song learning environment and examined the song selectionprocess in nine hand-reared male song sparrows

J. CULLY NORDBY et al, ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR, 2000, 59, 1187-1197, 1999

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