Could smell play a role in the origin of new bird species?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 09:35 in Biology & Nature

Two recently diverged populations of a southern California songbird produce unique odours, suggesting smell could contribute to the reproductive isolation that accompanies the origin of new bird species. The Indiana University Bloomington study of organic compounds present in the preen oils of Dark-eyed Juncos is described in this month's Behavioural Ecology...

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