Male Golden-collared Manakins Manacus vitellinus do not adapt their courtship display to spatial alteration of their court
Version of Record online: 25 OCT 2011
© 2011 The Authors. Ibis © 2011 British Ornithologists’ Union
Volume 154, Issue 1, pages 173–176, January 2012
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COCCON, F., SCHLINGER, B. A. and FUSANI, L. (2012), Male Golden-collared Manakins Manacus vitellinus do not adapt their courtship display to spatial alteration of their court. Ibis, 154: 173–176. doi: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2011.01178.x
- Issue online: 15 DEC 2011
- Version of Record online: 25 OCT 2011
- Received 28 March 2011; revision accepted 28 September 2011. Associate Editor: Keith Tarvin.
- breeding season;
Male Golden-collared Manakins Manacus vitellinus perform an elaborate courtship display composed of acrobatic jumps between saplings delimiting a court on the forest floor. Males rehearse their displays for hours until they are executed with amazing precision and speed. Here we investigated the plasticity of the display by examining whether males modify their choreography in response to a disturbance, such as when a small branch is placed against one of the saplings. Male Manakins performed displays that were longer and lacked a key element that invites females to copulate, supporting the hypothesis that males learn a specific sequence of moves to build their choreography.