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Does zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) preference for the (familiar) father's song generalize to the songs of unfamiliar brothers?
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PMID:  12735365     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Several studies have demonstrated that zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) prefer their fathers' songs over unfamiliar songs. Songs of tutors (i.e., fathers) and tutees (i.e., sons) resemble each other as a result of cultural transmission. Subjects (N = 18) with a previously established preference for the father's song could choose between the song of an unfamiliar brother or a random unfamiliar song in an operant task. Most subjects showed a significant preference for either category of song, but overall, the songs of unfamiliar brothers were not preferred, although they were more similar to the father's song than were the unfamiliar songs. This suggests that subjects did not generalize their learned preference for a song of a particular tutor to the songs of his tutees.
Katharina Riebel; Isabel M Smallegange
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of comparative psychology (Washington, D.C. : 1983)     Volume:  117     ISSN:  0735-7036     ISO Abbreviation:  J Comp Psychol     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-08     Completed Date:  2003-09-09     Revised Date:  2003-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309850     Medline TA:  J Comp Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  61-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Behavioural Biology, Institute of Evolutionary and Ecological Sciences, Leiden University, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Auditory Perception*
Choice Behavior*
Discrimination (Psychology)
Species Specificity
Vocalization, Animal*

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