Sequences of song in chaffinches

@article{Slater1983SequencesOS,
  title={Sequences of song in chaffinches},
  author={Peter J. Slater},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1983},
  volume={31},
  pages={272-281}
}
Male chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs) have between one and six different song types in their repertoire. Individuals with more than one sing a series or bout of each type before switching to another. Individuals with more than two tend to cycle through their repertoire, singing a series of each in turn. Some first-order transitions are much commoner than expected by chance. However, the tendency to cycle through the repertoire is so strong that the occurrence of a rare sequence can be predicted… CONTINUE READING

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