Afferent Regulation of Developmental Fate in the Songbird Telencephalon
Songbirds are among few vertebrates other than humans that learn the sounds used by their species to communicate during a sensitive period of postnatal development. Unlike humans, however, where both sexes learn and use vocal communication, in many species of songbird only males learn to produce song. Zebra finches provide a particularly striking example of a sex difference in songbird vocal behavior. Males learn a vocal pattern during juvenile and early adult development, while females do not.
KeywordsZebra Finch Vocal Learning Song Learning Song Control Vocal Control
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