Optimal daily routines of singing and foraging in a bird singing to attract a mate

@article{McNamara2004OptimalDR,
  title={Optimal daily routines of singing and foraging in a bird singing to attract a mate},
  author={John McNamara and Ruth Mace and Alasdair Houston},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={20},
  pages={399-405}
}
In this paper we develop a dynamic programming model to explore the optimal organization of daily routines of singing and foraging in a small bird. While singing the bird may attract a mate but uses up energy. Most of the patterns of daily variation in singing generated have basic features very characteristic of typical passerine song output. The predictions are remarkably robust to changes in a wide range of parameters, showing which parameters are important. A peak of singing at dawn can… CONTINUE READING
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