This work was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
The Integration of Learnt and Genetically Programmed Behaviour
A Study of Hierarchical Organization in Songs of Canaries, Greenfinches and their Hybrids1
Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
1979 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Volume 49, Issue 3, pages 285–303, January-December 1979
How to Cite
Güttinger, H. R. (1979), The Integration of Learnt and Genetically Programmed Behaviour. Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 49: 285–303. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1979.tb00293.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
- Received: October 25, 1978 Accepted: December 6, 1978
The role of individual learning in the general song organization is studied in the songs of greenfinches, canaries and their hybrids. The songs of a greenfinch, raised by a canary, reveal that the temporal organization is species-specifically determined by the song program: the vocal patterns, which he had learnt from the canary, his foster parent, are arranged according to the rules of the greenfinch program. These species-specific rules disappear, even in adults, in the songs of autumn and early spring.