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Subject: Models for mimicry in birdsong
From: Geoff Sample <>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 11:47:00 -0800
 I'm hoping someone on the list might be able to help me with this.
 Some years ago (5-6) I'm almost sure I came across an abstract from an
 article about mimicry in starling (Sturnus vulgaris) song. The gist of the
 piece was that most of the imitations were learned from other starlings
 rather than the original model for the imitation (buzzard, curlew, golden
 plover etc.).
 I cannot find the source for this idea. Has my memory played a trick on me?
 Or can someone give me reference for this article, or indeed other research
 along similar lines - models for mimicry in birdsong?
 Thanks for any help,
 Geoff Sample
 Wildsong Studios
 Northumberland, UK
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 'Music is everywhere if only we had the ears to listen'. John Cage

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