Exploration and Play in the Behavioural Development of the Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen

  title={Exploration and Play in the Behavioural Development of the Australian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen},
  author={Sergio M. Pellis},
  journal={Bird Behavior},
  • S. Pellis
  • Published 1 April 1981
  • Biology
  • Bird Behavior

Early Ontogeny of the Behavior of Young in Large-Billed Crows (Corvus macrorhynchos) in Their Natural Habitat

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Exploring individual and social learning in jackdaws (Corvus monedula)

If social learning played a role and the underlying mechanism was most likely local or stimulus enhancement, juveniles were more explorative than adults, and that their opening technique was potentially easier to acquire than the one demonstrated to adults.

Development of Meaningful Vocal Signals in a Juvenile Territorial Songbird (Gymnorhina tibicen) and the Dilemma of Vocal Taboos Concerning Neighbours and Strangers

  • G. Kaplan
  • Environmental Science
    Animals : an open access journal from MDPI
  • 2018
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