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date: 23 August 2019

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Avian communication and social behavior have been a rich source of insights into the epigenetic nature of development. Hormones are both mechanisms permitting behavior to occur in appropriate contexts and also one of the physiological responses to engaging in social behavior. Hormones are important for some of the changes in behavior that occur as birds experience life transitions such as hatching, juvenile dispersal, onset of adulthood, and senescence. Hormones are part of the developmental process producing sex differences in communication and its neural substrates in response to sexual selection. Avian communication research has the potential to elucidate the developmental basis of the evolutionary changes that have led to species differences in communication and sociality.

Keywords: avian communication, avian social behavior, hormones, hatching, juvenile dispersal, adulthood, senescence

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