Culturally Transmitted Patterns of Vocal Behavior in Sparrows

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Science  11 Dec 1964:
Vol. 146, Issue 3650, pp. 1483-1486
DOI: 10.1126/science.146.3650.1483


Male white-crowned sparrows have song "dialects," acquired in about the first 100 days of life by learning from older males. In the laboratory an alien white-crowned sparrow dialect can be taught. Once the song is established further acoustical experience does not change the pattern. White-crowned sparrows do not copy recorded songs of other sparrow species presented under similar conditions.