Introductory whistle is sufficient for early song recognition by golden-crowned sparrow nestlings

@article{Hudson2017IntroductoryWI,
  title={Introductory whistle is sufficient for early song recognition by golden-crowned sparrow nestlings},
  author={Emily J. Hudson and Daizaburo Shizuka},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2017},
  volume={133},
  pages={83-88}
}
Many songbird species have a predisposition to learn conspecific songs, suggesting song learning may be guided by an innate auditory template. Evidence for such a template includes preferential response to conspecific song in early life, even before song learning begins. A prime example of an innate cue for selective song learning is the introductory whistle of white-crowned sparrows, Zon o trichia leucophrys . The songs of its sister species, the golden-crowned sparrow, Zon o trichia… CONTINUE READING

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