Name that tune: melodic recognition by songbirds

Christopher N. Templeton

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Recent findings indicate that European starlings perceive overall spectral shape and use this, rather than absolute pitch or timbre, to generalize between similar melodic progressions. This finding highlights yet another parallel between human and avian vocal communication systems and has many biology implications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-306
Number of pages2
JournalLearning and Behavior
Issue number4
Early online date21 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016


  • Auditory perception
  • Avian communication
  • Melody
  • Musical cognition


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