Bird song systems: Evolution
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This article presents the vocal and auditory pathways of vocal-learning birds and a hypothesis about their evolution. These pathways control the ability to produce learned song in the few groups of birds that have vocal learning abilities, songbirds, parrots, and hummingbirds. These species have served as model systems to study neural mechanisms of spoken language, for which vocal learning is a critical behavioral substrate. Their vocal pathways are proposed to have evolved out of a preexisting motor pathway. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1016/B978-008045046-9.00935-9
Publication InfoJarvis, Erich David (2010). Bird song systems: Evolution. 10.1016/B978-008045046-9.00935-9. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/11242.
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Adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Neurobiology
Dr. Jarvis' laboratory studies the neurobiology of vocal communication. Emphasis is placed on the molecular pathways involved in the perception and production of learned vocalizations. They use an integrative approach that combines behavioral, anatomical, electrophysiological and molecular biological techniques. The main animal model used is songbirds, one of the few vertebrate groups that evolved the ability to learn vocalizations. The generality of the discoveries is tested in other vocal