INDIVIDUAL RECOGNITION OF SONG BY THE FEM ALE AND SONG ACTIVITY OF THE MALE IN THE REED BUNTING (EMBERIZA-SCHOENICLUS)

Authors
Citation
E. Nemeth, INDIVIDUAL RECOGNITION OF SONG BY THE FEM ALE AND SONG ACTIVITY OF THE MALE IN THE REED BUNTING (EMBERIZA-SCHOENICLUS), Journal fur Ornithologie, 135(2), 1994, pp. 217-222
Citations number
10
Language
TEDESCO
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Ornithology
Journal title
ISSN journal
0021-8375
Volume
135
Issue
2
Year of publication
1994
Pages
217 - 222
Database
ISI
SICI code
0021-8375(1994)135:2<217:IROSBT>2.0.ZU;2-E
Abstract
Playback of tape recorded songs in the field showed that females of th e Reed Bunting approached only songs of their mates. This is the secon d experimental evidence for songbirds that females are able to recogni ze the songs of individual males. This ability of the females is seen as a possible cause for increase of song activity after the start of b reeding. Females should choose the male next to their nest to get his help for rearing their young. Therefore, the males should stay near th e nests and sing to ensure that they are recognized and chosen during the next fertile period. Alternative hypotheses are discussed.