Culturally Transmitted Patterns of Vocal Behavior in Sparrows

@article{Marler1964CulturallyTP,
  title={Culturally Transmitted Patterns of Vocal Behavior in Sparrows},
  author={Peter R. Marler and M. Tamura},
  journal={Science},
  year={1964},
  volume={146},
  pages={1483 - 1486}
}
Male white-crowned sparrows have song "dialects," acquired in about the first 100 days of life by learning from older males. In the laboratory an alien white-crowned sparrow dialect can be taught. Once the song is established further acoustical experience does not change the pattern. White-crowned sparrows do not copy recorded songs of other sparrow species presented under similar conditions. 

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