Brain development, song learning and mate choice in birds: a review and experimental test of the "nutritional stress hypothesis"

@article{Nowicki2002BrainDS,
  title={Brain development, song learning and mate choice in birds: a review and experimental test of the "nutritional stress hypothesis"},
  author={S. Nowicki and W. Searcy and S. Peters},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={2002},
  volume={188},
  pages={1003-1014}
}
Abstract. The nutritional stress hypothesis explains how learned features of song, such as complexity and local dialect structure, can serve as indicators of male quality of interest to females in mate choice. The link between song and quality comes about because the brain structures underlying song learning largely develop during the first few months post-hatching. During this same period, songbirds are likely to be subject to nutritional and other stresses. Only individuals faring well in the… Expand
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