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Signature call in cowbirds is the password that unlocks song learning

November 18, 2019

They say it takes a village to raise a child. But if you are a cowbird, left by your parents to be hatched and raised in the nest of unwitting foster parents, how do you know who your village is? If the signature behaviors of your bird identity are not instinctive, how do you know who to learn them from?

Two male cowbirds
Two male cowbirds.


November 18, 2019


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