Reports

Vocal Imitation and Individual Recognition of Finch Calls

Science  24 Apr 1970:
Vol. 168, Issue 3930, pp. 480-482
DOI: 10.1126/science.168.3930.480

Abstract

American goldfinch females recognize individual males by their individually distinctive flight calls. Goldfinches and other cardueline finch species are also capable of learning new flight calls by imitation during pair and flock formation. Vocal imitation can occur between members of different species as well as between members of the same species. Learning of new flight calls differs in several respects from typical passerine song learning.