Rockefeller University, Field Research Center, Tyrrel Rd., Millbrook, N.Y. 12545, U.S.A.
Relationship between Song Repertoire and Age in the Canary, Serinus canarius
Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
1978 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Volume 46, Issue 3, pages 298–305, January-December 1978
How to Cite
Nottebohm, F. and Nottebohm, M. E. (1978), Relationship between Song Repertoire and Age in the Canary, Serinus canarius. Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 46: 298–305. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1978.tb01451.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
- April 18, 1977; June 12, 1977
We recorded the song of six male canaries during their first and second year of life to see if we could detect systematic age-related changes. Soundspectrographic analysis revealed that many syllables from the previous year were omitted and many new ones were added. There was a significant increase in syllable repertoire during the second year. The proportion of single-element syllables increased between year 1 and year 2. These results indicate that neural pathways responsible for song learning in canaries remain plastic in adulthood. We suggest that the larger song repertoires of older ♂♂ confer a reproductive advantage by acting as a more potent stimulus on ♀♀.