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Responses of the Two Chaffinch Species On Tenerife (Fringilla Teydea and F. Coelebs Tintillon) To Playback of the Song of Their Own and the Other Species

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The two chaffinch species on Tenerife (Fringilla teydea and F. coelebs tintillon) were tested with playback of their own and the other species song in areas where only one of the two occurs. They were also tested in this non-overlap zone with the song of the European chaffinch (F. c. gengleri was used) to test the hypothesis that they would respond more to it than to the competing species as their songs appear to have diverged from the European form in opposite directions. The results were broadly in line with this prediction. Playback of teydea and tintillon song in the zone of overlap between the two species led to heterospecific response in only a few cases, indicating that they are not usually inter-specifically territorial. Response to the other species song was less strong than outside the area of overlap, suggesting that habituation may lead birds to respond less to the other species where it is present.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Biology, Royal Holloway & Bedford New College, Egham, Surrey TW20 OEX, U.K.; 2: Department of Biology & Preclinical Medicine, University of St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TS, U.K


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