Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Two Articles on Birds and How They Learn Their Songs

Hopefully it is a slower week for most of our friends.  TRC is always fascinated at the things all birds learn how to do, and vocalizations are particularly complex.  We found a couple of articles on songbirds we'd like to share;

A Bengalese finch outfitted with headphones. 
(Credit: Image courtesy of Emory University)
one on research showing the mechanisms of how the brain learns to correct mistakes in songs,

A male swamp sparrow.
(Credit: Robert Lachlan, Duke)
and another on how noise, from nature and humans, influences which songs a bird learns to sing and can create lasting changes to his species' top tunes

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