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Vocal learning in wild birds: the dynamics of vocal learning in nature

Last update: : Friday 27 September 2019, by Nicolas Busser

Presented by: Dan Mennill, University of Windsor, Ontario
Date: Thursday 19th September 2019, 13:00-14:30
Place: Bibliothèque DEPE, Bâtiment 60

In eight groups of animals, including humans and songbirds, juveniles are understood to learn vocalizations by listening to adults. Experimental studies of laboratory-reared animals support this hypothesis, but we lack experimental evidence in wild animals. Using innovative playback technology to simulate vocal tutors, I provide the first ever experimental demonstration that wild birds learn songs by listening to conspecific animals. I show that wild birds pass learned songs on to subsequent generations, and that wild birds learn songs during two critical stages of development early in life.

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