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Song Types in the Zebra Finch Poephila guttata castanotis1
Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
1980 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Volume 53, Issue 2, pages 123–132, January-December 1980
How to Cite
Sossinka, R. and Böhner, J. (1980), Song Types in the Zebra Finch Poephila guttata castanotis. Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 53: 123–132. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1980.tb01044.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
- Received: April 19, 1980 Accepted: June 11, 1980
A description of the general principles underlying Zebra Finch song is given in standardized terminology. Differences were looked for in songs produced in two different contexts: courtship song and undirected song. In more than 7 males (domesticated and wild ones), clear differences were found with respect to number of introductory elements, number of motifs, speed of performance, and rigidity in sequence, indicating two distinct song types. Motivational problems and the adaptive value are discussed.