Timbre discrimination in zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) song syllables.

@article{Cynx1990TimbreDI,
  title={Timbre discrimination in zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) song syllables.},
  author={Jeffrey Cynx and Heather Andrea Williams and Fernando Nottebohm},
  journal={Journal of comparative psychology},
  year={1990},
  volume={104 4},
  pages={
          303-8
        }
}
Zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) songs include syllables of a fundamental frequency and harmonics. Individual harmonics in 1 syllable can be more or less emphasized. The functional role of this variability is unknown. These experiments provide evidence of how the phenomenon is perceived. We trained 12 male and female zebra finches on a go-no-go operant procedure to discriminate between 2 song syllables that varied only in the absence of the 2nd or 5th harmonic. Training involved many thousands… CONTINUE READING

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