Microgeographic song discrimination in a nonterritorial passerine, the Boat-tailed Grackle

David S. Melman, William Searcy

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Abstract

We used playback in the field to test Boat-tailed Grackles (Quiscalus major) for the ability to discriminate local songs from foreign songs. Male grackles responded more strongly to songs recorded at their own colony than to songs recorded at colonies 4-13 km distant. Female grackles showed little response to either local or foreign song.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)845-848
Number of pages4
JournalCondor
Volume101
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 1999

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Keywords

  • Bird song
  • Boat-tailed Grackle
  • Quiscalus major
  • Song discrimination

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  • Animal Science and Zoology

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Microgeographic song discrimination in a nonterritorial passerine, the Boat-tailed Grackle. / Melman, David S.; Searcy, William.

In: Condor, Vol. 101, No. 4, 01.11.1999, p. 845-848.

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