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Evolution of Communicative FlexibilityComplexity, Creativity, and Adaptability in Human and Animal Communication$
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D. Kimbrough Oller and Ulrike Griebel

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262151214

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262151214.001.0001

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The Evolution of Flexibility in Bird Song

The Evolution of Flexibility in Bird Song

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Evolution of Communicative Flexibility

Robert F. Lachlan

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This chapter, which is concerned with bird song, addresses the versatility of sounds that can be learned, learning accuracy, and functional flexibility of vocalizations in a variety of species. The origins of learning in birds are discussed. The chapter also reviews the accuracy of song learning and theories as to why birds learn accurately. It demonstrates that some species of songbirds react differently when singers produce an accurate imitation of a song type which they themselves have learned. The chapter suggests that songbirds use the great variation in their songs to communicate subtly different messages about the identity of the singer.

Keywords:   bird song, sounds, functional flexibility, vocalizations, song learning

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