SOCIAL INERTIA AND HORMONAL CONTROL OF AGGRESSION AND DOMINANCE IN WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS by MANEE ARCHAWARANON1), LORNA DOVE2) and R. HAVEN WILEY3) (Department of Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280, U.S.A.) (With 5 Figures) (Acc. 25-II-1991) Introduction The influence of testosterone (T) on social dominance in birds varies with circumstances. Recent experiments, for instance, have shown that treat- ment of wintering birds with T does not change previously established dominance relationships, unless visual signals normally correlated with dominance are also changed concommitantly (ROHWER & ROHWER, 1978; JÄRVI et al., 1987). This interaction of concurrent changes in hor- monal status and external appearance recalls earlier reports that dominance relationships do not change when T-treated birds confront familiar social partners (ALLEE et al., 1939; BENNETT, 1940; EMLEN & LORENZ, 1942; BEVAN et al. , 1960; GUHL, 1964, 1968; TROBEC & ORING, 1972; LuIvIIA, 1972; WINGFIELD & MOORE, 1986), a phenomenon for which GUHL (1968) coined the term "social inertia". ') Present address: Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Ramkamhaeng University, Bangkok 10240, Thailand. 2) Present address: College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY. 3) We are indebted to C. J. ERICKSON for sharing his knowledge
Behaviour – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1991
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