A bioassay of isolate cowbird song

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In 2 experiments, captive female cowbirds, both isolation reared and wild caught, were exposed during the breeding season to experimentally manipulated versions of isolate male song. Data show that a single song element, a brief note between the song phrases, played a pivotal role in eliciting the female's copulatory response to song. Data also demonstrate that relative amplitude variation and the fine structure within the interphrase unit affected the potency of a given song. Results suggest that the acoustic properties of this unit may account for the enhanced effectiveness of isolate song over normal cowbird song as a sexual releaser. (14 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved). © 1979 American Psychological Association.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • West, MJ; King, AP; Eastzer, DH; Staddon, JE

Published Date

  • February 1, 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 93 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 124 - 133

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-9940

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1037/h0077577

Citation Source

  • Scopus