How Songbird Females Sample Male Song: Communication Networks and Mate Choice

N. Bircher*, M. Naguib

*Corresponding author for this work

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The behavioural decisions animals take directly influence their fitness and
thus have a fundamental impact on evolutionary processes. In many animals,
acoustic signals play an important role in social decisions with mate choice being
among the most apparent ones. Male bird song has played a key role along this line, yet the understanding of how female birds use song to prospect, assess and choose mates in their natural environment is surprisingly limited. A main reason for this limited understanding is that it is very difficult to follow a female during her prospecting and decision process and quantify her experience with different males before she makes a final decision. Here we integrate insights from communication networks, male song traits and female prospecting behaviour to stimulate a more integrative approach on the role of signalling in behavioural and reproductive decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoding Strategies in Vertebrate Acoustic Communication
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783030392000
ISBN (Print)9783030391997
Publication statusPublished - 29 Mar 2020

Publication series

NameAnimal Signals and Communication


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