Roles of the wing whistle in the territorial behaviour of male broad-tailed hummingbirds (Selasphorus platycercus)

@article{Miller1983RolesOT,
  title={Roles of the wing whistle in the territorial behaviour of male broad-tailed hummingbirds (Selasphorus platycercus)},
  author={S. Miller and D. Inouye},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1983},
  volume={31},
  pages={689-700}
}
Abstract Suggested roles of avian wing sounds in territory defence have not been tested experimentally. The non-facultative, shrill wing whistle of male broad-tailed hummingbirds occurs during aerial displays used in defence of courting territories. To investigate the roles of the wing whistle in territorial behaviour, we observed males before and after being experimentally silenced, and after having wing whistles restored. Silenced birds intruded in territories more easily than normal males… Expand
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