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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 33, No. 3, 2012, pp. 249-254
Bioline Code: zr12038
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 33, No. 3, 2012, pp. 249-254

 en Two distinct parts within the song of Phoenicurus auroreus check for this species in other resources , and individual identification on the basis of the song
HUANG, Ya-Ling; YANG, Qing; JIANG, Chun & XIA, Can-Wei


Bird song has two key functions: attraction and competition. The structures of these songs have been shaped by both intra- and intersexual selection. Accordingly, there are some species that appear to use different parts of song to attract females and repel males. Alongside this functional separation, the structure of song can also have significant divergence. We studied the songs from 32 individuals of Phoenicurus auroreus check for this species in other resources , recorded in Beijing Xiaolongmen forest Park during the 2011 breeding season. The song of Phoenicurus auroreus consists of two distinct parts, a stereotyped and variable part. Significant differences between these two parts were observed between all the variables we measured. Based on the stereotyped part, the rate of correct individual identification is satisfactory, and most of songs can be correctly classified.

Phoenicurus auroreus; Song; Stereotyped part; Variable part; Individual identification

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