Song matching in the great tit (Parus major): The effect of similarity and familiarity

@article{Falls1982SongMI,
  title={Song matching in the great tit (Parus major): The effect of similarity and familiarity},
  author={J. Bruce Falls and John Richard Krebs and Peter K. McGregor},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1982},
  volume={30},
  pages={997-1009}
}
Abstract Great tits were played recordings of one of their own songs, and a song of the same type from a neighbour and one from a stranger (from more than 500 m away). The birds matched their own songs most often and those of strangers least. We had predicted that strangers would be matched most, because previous work had shown an association between matching and a strong response. An analysis using a difference index showed that the birds matched most often when the stimulus song was very… Expand
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