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Cultural and Genetic Variation in Swamp Sparrows (Melospiza Georgiana)

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Swamp sparrow songs are 2-second strings of identical syllables. Each syllable is made up of distinct minimal acoustic units termed notes. Note variation in this species can be described with a small number of species-universal note categories; the temporal arrangement of note categories making up a syllable (called song syntax) varies between natural populations (MARLER & PICKERT, 1984). Part I of this study (BALABAN, 1988) found a correlation between song syllable variation and allele frequency variation in two populations of swamp sparrows. The present study examines the behavioral salience of geographic song variation in these populations. Field playback experiments suggested that geographic song syllable variants have differential salience to adult male birds in populations that differ in gene frequencies, and that song syntax is one feature that determines differential salience in males. Laboratory song preference tests suggested that songs that differ in syntax have differential salience to adult female birds from populations with different gene frequencies. Song syntax appears to be learned by males reared and tutored in the laboratory; and song syntax preferences are either learned at less than 10 days of age or innately expressed in females reared and tutored in the laboratory. Results also suggest that song syntax is not the only feature influencing the differential salience of geographic song variants; there may be subtle variations in note morphology between different populations that are salient to male and female swamp sparrows.

Affiliations: 1: The Rockefeller University Field Research Center, Tyrrel Road, Millbrook, N.Y. 12545 U.S.A.


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