Reproductive Development in a Female Songbird: Differential Stimulation by Quality of Male Song

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Science  07 May 1976:
Vol. 192, Issue 4239, pp. 574-575
DOI: 10.1126/science.192.4239.574


Female canaries exposed to playback of large repertoires of male songs built nests faster and laid more eggs than did those females exposed to smaller song repertoires: females are attentive to attributes of male song, and their choices have played a role in the evolution of oscine singing behaviors.