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Vocal learning is the ability of animals to modify vocal signals as a result of experience with sounds that they hear, usually sound signals made by other individuals of the same species. The learned signals may be either similar or dissimilar to those the model.[1] A more restrictive definition limits vocal learning to cases where animals learn to mimic sounds that are not in their genetic repertoire. [2][3]

A classical example of vocal learning is birdsong in the bird species whose repertoire is not entirely innate for example, songbirds, parrots and hummingbirds. In mammals, seals and cetaceans have been found to have this capacity as well.[4] Further reports exist on bats and elephants.

In evolutionary psychology, human speech and vocal music are regarded as complex forms of vocal learning.

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