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Individual signatures outweigh social group identity in contact calls of a communally nesting parrot

Grace Smith-Vidaurre, Marcelo Araya-Salas & Timothy F. Wright
Despite longstanding interest in the evolutionary origins and maintenance of vocal learning, we know relatively little about how social dynamics influence vocal learning processes in natural populations. The “social group membership” hypothesis proposes that socially learned calls evolved and are maintained as signals of group membership. However, in fission-fusion societies, individuals can interact in social groups across various social scales. For learned calls to signal group membership over multiple social scales, they must contain information...

Data from: Social group signatures in hummingbird displays provide evidence of co-occurrence of vocal and visual learning

Marcelo Araya-Salas, Grace Smith-Vidaurre, Daniel J. Mennill, Paulina L. González-Gómez, James Cahill & Timothy F. Wright
Vocal learning, in which animals modify their vocalizations based on social experience, has evolved in several lineages of mammals and birds, including humans. Despite much attention, the question of how this key cognitive trait has evolved remains unanswered. The motor theory for the origin of vocal learning posits that neural centers specialized for vocal learning arose from adjacent areas in the brain devoted to general motor learning. One prediction of this hypothesis is that visual...

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  • 2019

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  • New Mexico State University
  • University of Windsor
  • University of Costa Rica
  • Rockefeller University
  • University of California, Davis