Song Learning in Song Sparrows: Relative Importance of Autumn vs. Spring Tutoring


In many songbirds, the memorization phase of song learning is restricted to a ‘sensitive period’ in the bird’s first year (review in Beecher & Brenowitz 2005; Catchpole & Slater 2008). In a classic example, Marler (1970) showed that white-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) have a sensitive period for song learning at 15–50 d of age. Although it… (More)


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