Perception of synthetic /ba/-/wa/ speech continuum by budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus).

  title={Perception of synthetic /ba/-/wa/ speech continuum by budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus).},
  author={Micheal L Dent and Elizabeth F. Brittan-Powell and Robert J. Dooling and Alexandra Sandi Pierce},
  journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America},
  volume={102 3},
Other than humans, extensive vocal learning has only been widely demonstrated in birds. Moreover, there are only a handful of avian species that are known to be good mimics of human speech. One such species is the budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus), which is a popular mimic of human speech and learns new vocalizations throughout adult life. Using operant conditioning procedures with a repeating background task, we tested budgerigars on the discrimination of tokens from two synthetic /ba/-/wa… CONTINUE READING
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