The deterrent effect of bird song in territory defense.

@article{Kort2009TheDE,
  title={The deterrent effect of bird song in territory defense.},
  author={Selvino R. de Kort and Erin R. B. Eldermire and Emily R A Cramer and Sandra L. Vehrencamp},
  journal={Behavioral ecology : official journal of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology},
  year={2009},
  volume={20 1},
  pages={
          200-206
        }
}
Using the responses of territory owners to playback to infer the territorial function of acoustic signals is common practice. However, difficulties with interpreting the results of such experiments have obscured our understanding of territorial signalling. For instance, a stronger response to playback is often interpreted as more aggressive, but there is no consensus as to whether this should be in response to the least or most threatening simulated intruder. Rather than following a gradual… CONTINUE READING
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