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Plain-tailed wrens (Thryothorus euophrys) live in groups that sing synchronized choruses, the contributions of females and males alternating with each other in cycles, within which each sex sings two of the four parts, the whole achieving near perfect synchrony. As each bird has a repertoire of ca 20 phrases of each type, the synchrony also requires them to… (More)
Male zebra finches learn their songs very early in life, before they are sexually mature. The father has been suggested as a likely song model at this stage. But do they actually learn from him? Though several recent papers examine this issue, it is not an easy matter to resolve.
Vocal duetting occurs in many taxa, but its function remains much-debated. Like species in which only one sex sings, duetting birds can use their song repertoires to signal aggression by singing song types that match those of territorial intruders. However, when pairs do not share specific combinations of songs (duet codes), individuals must choose to… (More)
Keywords: animal cognition birdsong duetting happy wren Pheugopedius felix reaction time signal processing song type selection vocal communication Pairs of duetting birds can sing coordinated duets with such precision that they are often mistaken for a single individual, yet little is known about how this impressive temporal synchronization is achieved. We… (More)