Vocal imitations and production learning by Australian musk ducks (Biziura lobata)
- Biology, PsychologyPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
Evidence for vocal learning in a member of a basal clade of the avian phylogeny: the Australian musk duck is provided and the structure of the duck vocalizations indicates a quite sophisticated and flexible control over the vocal production mechanism.
Birdsong: An evolutionary parallel to human language
- Biology, Psychology
Comparing birdsong with human language embeds the hitherto purely anthropocentric approach to language into a causal evolutionary framework and helps to identify the selective forces as well as the ecological factors that forged the evolution of language and language-like communication.