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Song overproduction and selective attrition lead to song sharing in the field sparrow (Spizella pusilla)
  • D. A. Nelson
  • Biology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • 1 June 1992
TLDR
Evidence supports the hypothesis that the actual acquisition of a song need not take place at the time and place as males occupy territories, and that males may acquire an abundance of song models earlier in life and then select songs from this repertoire that most closely resemble those of their neighbors. Expand
Selection-based learning in bird song development.
  • D. A. Nelson, P. Marler
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
  • 25 October 1994
TLDR
Experimental evidence now indicates an alternative form of plasticity operating in harmony with sensorimotor learning, based on principles of selection, rather than instruction, on the basis of selection in bird song. Expand
Design of Playback Experiments: The Thornbridge Hall NATO ARW Consensus
Playback is an experimental technique commonly used to investigate the significance of signals in animal communication systems. It involves replaying recordings of naturally occurring or synthesisedExpand
Feature Weighting in Species Song Recognition By the Field Sparrow (Spizella Pusilla)
Computer-modified songs were presented to wild territorial male field sparows to assess the relative importance of different acoustic features in species-song recognition. The features testedExpand
Genetic analysis of song dialect populations in Puget Sound white-crowned sparrows
The relationship between cultural variation and biological variation among natural populations has been the subject of both theoretical and empirical study. Zonotrichia leucophrys pugetensis is oneExpand
Categorical perception of a natural stimulus continuum: birdsong.
TLDR
Pairs of songs with initial notes from different categories contrast more in their effects on territorial males than song pairs withInitial notes differing by the same amount but taken from within one note category. Expand
Song frequency as a cue for recognition of species and individuals in the field sparrow (Spizella pusilla).
TLDR
Ss' responses appear to be constrained by the normal range of song frequency variation within the species, but the range of variability within songs of individuals did not influence the degree of frequency shift required to render neighbors' songs unfamiliar. Expand
Perception of geographical variation in song by male Puget Sound white-crowned sparrows, Zonotrichia leucophrys pugetensis
Abstract The songs of male Puget Sound white-crowned sparrows form about 13 dialects along the Pacific Northwest coast of North America. In his original description of dialects in this subspecies,Expand
Long-Term Persistence of Song Dialects in the Mountain White-Crowned Sparrow
This study examined the persistence of local song dialects of Mountain White-crowned Sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys oriantha) at several locations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. AtExpand
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