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Geographic patterns of song variation reveal timing of song acquisition in a wild avian population

Ranjard, Louis; Withers, Sarah; Brunton, D.H.; Parsons, Stuart; Ross, Howard A


Geographic patterns of song variation are common in passerines and can develop as a consequence of the mechanisms of song acquisition and dispersal. In particular, the timing of dispersal relative to the sensory learning phase and the time of song crystallization is important. For example, when the sensory phase continues after dispersal or when males learn new songs every breeding season, i.e. open-ended learner, neighborhoods can develop where males share their songs. In this study, we...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology
DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arx072


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