[Tweeters] Songbirds' Musical Preferences Are Written In Their Genes

Devorah the Ornithologist birdologist at gmail.com
Tue Jun 13 07:06:03 PDT 2017


hello everyone,

one of the many things that fascinates me is speciation. Since songbirds
learn their songs, it would seem they are in the most challenging of
situations for establishing and maintaining species barriers. yet, somehow,
they manage this, and beautifully. a study was just published that examines
sister species of flycatchers and finds something interesting: the ability
to distinguish between different songs is based in genetics. i wrote about
this paper and described how the researchers figured this out:

Songbirds' Musical Preferences Are Written In Their Genes
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2017/06/13/songbirds-musical-preferences-are-written-in-their-genes/

i hope you enjoy reading about this study.

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