Song repertoire and mate choice in birds

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Female common grackles Quiscalus quiscula court preferentially for repertoires of four song types compared to equal numbers of repetitions of single song types. The female preference exists in common grackles despite the fact that males in this species sing only one song type each. Female preference may be a simple consequence of two properties of most response systems: habituation and stimulus specificity. If so, female preferences for repertoires may in general pre-date the evolution of male song repertoires, which evolve to exploit the pre-existing female response bias. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-80
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Zoologist
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1992
Externally publishedYes


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  • Environmental Science(all)

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