Investigating female mate choice for mechanical sounds in the male Greater Sage-Grouse

  title={Investigating female mate choice for mechanical sounds in the male Greater Sage-Grouse},
  author={Rebecca E. Koch and Alan H. Krakauer and Gail L. Patricelli},
ABSTRACT Although birds are generally known for their vocally produced songs and calls, some species have evolved alternate means of acoustic communication that do not require the syrinx. While many of these mechanical sounds are used in a courtship context, the importance of among- and within-individual variation in these sounds is almost entirely unknown. We investigated feather-produced sounds in male Greater Sage-Grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), which congregate on leks during the spring… 
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  • R. Gibson
  • Psychology, Biology
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • 1996
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