Recognition of individual neighbors by song in the song sparrow, a species with song repertoires

  title={Recognition of individual neighbors by song in the song sparrow, a species with song repertoires},
  author={Philip K. Stoddard and Michael D. Beecher and Cynthia L. Horning and S. Elizabeth Campbell},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
Previous theory and research have suggested that bird species with song repertoires in general, and song sparrows (Melospiza melodia) in particular, cannot readily discriminate between the songs of neighbors and strangers. In a recent study (Stoddard et al. 1991) we showed that song sparrows can in fact discriminate neighbors from strangers on the basis of song. In this study we sought to demonstrate that song sparrows can make the finer discrimination between individual neighbors and that they… CONTINUE READING

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