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Testing the function of song-matching in birds: responses of eastern male song sparrows Melospiza melodia to partial song-matching

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Song-matching has been hypothesized to be a signal of aggressive intentions whereby matching an opponent signals that the singer is likely to attack. Theory predicts that an aggressive signal should impose a cost that enforces the signal's reliability. A receiver-dependent cost imposed by the matched bird's aggressive retaliation has been proposed for song-matching. We tested for such a cost for partial song-matching in an eastern population of song sparrows where males lack the shared song types necessary for song type matching, but can perform partial song-matching using shared song segments. We tested aggressive response, as measured by average distance to a playback speaker, to partial-matching songs and non-matching songs. We predicted a stronger aggressive response to partial-matching songs, as has been shown for whole song-matching in western song sparrow populations. The birds in our study responded no differently to partial-matching and non-matching songs. Neither the distance to the playback speaker nor singing responses differed between playback treatments. Our results do not support a receiver-dependent cost to partial song-matching, as would be expected if partial-matching is a direct threat. Instead, we suggest that partial song-matching functions as a signal of attention.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA; Department of Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA; 2: Department of Biology, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA; 3: Department of Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

10.1163/156853908783402876
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2008-03-01
2016-04-30

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