Individual Recognition by Auditory Cues in the Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

@article{Stevenson1970IndividualRB,
  title={Individual Recognition by Auditory Cues in the Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)},
  author={J. G. Stevenson and R. E. Hutchison and J. Hutchison and B. Bertram and W. Thorpe},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1970},
  volume={226},
  pages={562-563}
}
IN many socially organized vertebrates, successful parental care depends on individual recognition1. Particularly with birds breeding in dense colonies there are clear signs that the basis for recognition may be mainly auditory rather than visual. In the sandwich tern (Sterna sandvicensis), for example2, the “fish call” used by the parent returning with fish for the young has the kind of individual differences in acoustic structure on which recognition might be expected to depend. Our… Expand
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