From song dialects to speciation in white-crowned sparrows.

@article{Toews2017FromSD,
  title={From song dialects to speciation in white-crowned sparrows.},
  author={David P L Toews},
  journal={Molecular ecology},
  year={2017},
  volume={26 11},
  pages={
          2842-2844
        }
}
The behavioural signals used in mate selection are a key component in the evolution of premating isolating barriers and, subsequently, the formation of new species. The importance of mating signals has a long tradition of study in songbirds, where many species differ in their song characteristics. In oscine songbirds, individual birds usually learn their songs from a tutor. Mistakes during learning can help generate geographic dialects, akin to those within human language groups. In songbirds… CONTINUE READING
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