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Collective singing dynamics in a competition context drive song plasticity
Animals need to adapt their motor production to challenging social conditions at behaviorally-relevant time scales. Here, we use telemetric recording technology from freely-behaving canaries in natural-like social conditions in which male canaries compete for females. We report that male canaries influence each other's singing during 'duels' characterized by temporal overlaps of their songs, which are often followed by physical aggression. Duels evolve in time and both canaries can lead ordoi:10.1101/803411 fatcat:7gc3yugjrzayrln4re4dbtpnni