Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Is Quantity of Song Type Use in Adult Birds Related to Singing During Development?

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
MyBook is a cheap paperback edition of the original book and will be sold at uniform, low price.

Buy this article

$30.00+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites

image of Behaviour

Songbirds with large vocal repertoires often show individually distinct profiles in the quantity of using their different song types. Factors involved in determining how often a song type is used have been identified in the social domain, e.g. the singing routines of territorial neighbours. In this study, I investigated the role of song development in the formation of individual performance profiles. I examined whether and how the amount of motor practice during vocal ontogeny would account for profiles of song type use in the adult singing. The study was carried out on hand-reared nightingales (Luscinia megarhynchos) which are particularly appropriate subjects for this kind of approach. A clear positive relationship was discovered between the ontogenetic 'age' of imitations (i.e. time of emergence) and the performance rate of these song patterns. Also time of emergence played a role in whether song patterns were discarded from the adult repertoire. I assume that vocal practice plays a role in selectively consolidating song type memories, whose respective strengths then contribute to differential performance observed in the adult birds.


Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to email alerts
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Behaviour — Recommend this title to your library

    Thank you

    Your recommendation has been sent to your librarian.

  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation