Vocal mimicry in songbirds

@article{Kelley2008VocalMI,
  title={Vocal mimicry in songbirds},
  author={Laura A. Kelley and Rebecca L. Coe and Joah Robert Madden and Susan D. Healy},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2008},
  volume={76},
  pages={521-528}
}
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