Early song discrimination by nestling sparrows in the wild

@inproceedings{Shizuka2017EarlySD,
  title={Early song discrimination by nestling sparrows in the wild},
  author={Daizaburo Shizuka},
  year={2017}
}
Songs play an important role in premating isolation in birds. However, when songs are learned, experience with both conspecific and heterospecific songs in early life could lead to the development of both mixed songs and mixed preferences. One way that such learning errors can be prevented is if birds can discriminate between songs of different species prior to learning and preferentially memorize conspecific songs. Prior captive studies have shown that white-crowned sparrows, Zonotrichia… CONTINUE READING