THE DEVELOPMENT OF MATE CHOICE IN ZEBRA FINCH FEMALES by CAREL TEN CATE and GERRY MUG1) (Zoological Laboratory, University of Groningen, Haren (Gr.), The Netherlands) (With 10 Figures) (Acc. 3-1-1984) In several bird species, the development of mate choice has been shown to be influenced by early experience. Duck (SCHUTZ, 1965), quail (GALLAGHER, 1976, 1977), doves and pigeons (WARRINER el al., 1963; BROSSET, 1971) for instance, show a preference for birds of a related species or colour morph, when raised by this species or morph. This process, usually referred to as 'sexual imprinting', has also extensively been studied in zebra finches, especially in males. Zebra finch (Z) males which are raised by Bengalese finches (B) up to about their 40th day of life mostly prefer to court B females over conspecific ones (IMMELMANN, 1969, 1972a, b). If raised by conspecifics of another colour morph, Z males prefer females with the parental colour (WALTER, 1973; IMMELMANN et al., 1978). Experiments showed that Z females also could develop a preference for males of the parental colour morph (IMMELMANN et al., 1978) or species (SONNEMANN & Sj6LANDER, 1977). One of the conclusions of the studies of IMMELMANN was the presence of
Behaviour – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1984
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