Seasonal singing patterns and individual consistency in song activity in female European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)

Seasonal singing patterns and individual consistency in song activity in female European... Seasonal singing patterns and individual consistency in song activity in female European starlings ( Sturnus vulgaris ) Denitza Z. Pavlova 1) , Rianne Pinxten & Marcel Eens 1) (Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B-2610 Wilrijk, Belgium) (Accepted: 30 March 2007) Summary Nearly all studies on seasonal changes in song behaviour have focused on male songbirds and detailed studies on seasonal patterns of song activity in females are lacking. Here, we present information on the annual cycle of song activity in female European Starlings ( Sturnus vul- garis ) housed in a large outdoor aviary in a single-sex situation (except for the breeding season when males were introduced) and examine social and environmental factors motivat- ing singing behaviour. Female song activity varied significantly throughout the year and was highest during December-mid April. Little or no song was produced when males were present (mid April-June) and in July. With these exceptions, females produced song in every month of the year. A high proportion of females occupied a nestbox throughout the year. Females occupying a nestbox sang significantly more than females without a nestbox, independently of the period. During March and early April females owning a nestbox sang http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Behaviour Brill

Seasonal singing patterns and individual consistency in song activity in female European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)

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BRILL
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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0005-7959
eISSN
1568-539X
D.O.I.
10.1163/156853907781347835
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Abstract

Seasonal singing patterns and individual consistency in song activity in female European starlings ( Sturnus vulgaris ) Denitza Z. Pavlova 1) , Rianne Pinxten & Marcel Eens 1) (Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B-2610 Wilrijk, Belgium) (Accepted: 30 March 2007) Summary Nearly all studies on seasonal changes in song behaviour have focused on male songbirds and detailed studies on seasonal patterns of song activity in females are lacking. Here, we present information on the annual cycle of song activity in female European Starlings ( Sturnus vul- garis ) housed in a large outdoor aviary in a single-sex situation (except for the breeding season when males were introduced) and examine social and environmental factors motivat- ing singing behaviour. Female song activity varied significantly throughout the year and was highest during December-mid April. Little or no song was produced when males were present (mid April-June) and in July. With these exceptions, females produced song in every month of the year. A high proportion of females occupied a nestbox throughout the year. Females occupying a nestbox sang significantly more than females without a nestbox, independently of the period. During March and early April females owning a nestbox sang

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BehaviourBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: EUROPEAN STARLING; SEASONAL VARIATION; SONG RATE; INDIVIDUAL VARIATION; FEMALE SONG

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