Vocal mimicry in male bowerbirds : who learns from whom?

Kelley, Laura A. and Healy, Susan D. 2010, Vocal mimicry in male bowerbirds : who learns from whom?, Biology letters, vol. 6, pp. 626-629, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0093.

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Title Vocal mimicry in male bowerbirds : who learns from whom?
Author(s) Kelley, Laura A.
Healy, Susan D.
Journal name Biology letters
Volume number 6
Start page 626
End page 629
Publisher The Royal Society Publishing
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1744-9561
Keyword(s) vocal mimicry
geographical variation
Summary Vocal mimicry is one of the more striking aspects of avian vocalization and is widespread across songbirds. However, little is known about how mimics acquire heterospecific and environmental sounds. We investigated geographical and individual variation in the mimetic repertoires of males of a proficient mimic, the spotted bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus maculatus. Male bower owners shared more of their mimetic repertoires with neighbouring bower owners than with more distant males. However, interbower distance did not explain variation in the highly repeatable renditions given by bower owners of two commonly mimicked species. From the similarity between model and mimic vocalizations and the patterns of repertoire sharing among males, we suggest that the bowerbirds are learning their mimetic repertoire from heterospecifics and not from each other.
Language eng
DOI 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0093
Field of Research 060201 Behavioural Ecology
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, The Royal Society
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035808

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