Song learning and cognitive ability are not consistently related in a songbird

@article{Anderson2016SongLA,
  title={Song learning and cognitive ability are not consistently related in a songbird},
  author={Rindy C. Anderson and William A. Searcy and Susan S. Peters and Melissa Hughes and Adrienne L. DuBois and Stephen Nowicki},
  journal={Animal Cognition},
  year={2016},
  volume={20},
  pages={309-320}
}
Abstract Learned aspects of song have been hypothesized to signal cognitive ability in songbirds. We tested this hypothesis in hand-reared song sparrows (Melospiza melodia) that were tutored with playback of adult songs during the critical period for song learning. The songs developed by the 19 male subjects were compared to the model songs to produce two measures of song learning: the proportion of notes copied from models and the average spectrogram cross-correlation between copied notes and… Expand
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