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1 July 2017 Response of Male Pied Bushchats Saxicola caprata to Playback of the Songs of Neighbours and Strangers
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Discrimination between neighbours and strangers, on the basis of acoustic cues, has been clearly demonstrated in many temperate avian species, but experiments on neighbour-stranger recognition have received less attention in tropical habitats, particularly in the Indian subcontinent. With this in mind, neighbour—stranger discrimination experiments were conducted on tropical male Pied Bushchats Saxicola caprata in the District Haridwar, of the Himalayan foothills, India. The sound levels of broadcasted songs were kept as close as possible to natural song levels. The results of the parameters analysed (including song rate, song repertoire, flights toward the speaker, distance from the speaker, and latency) did not differ significantly between neighbour and stranger song playbacks. It seems that male Pied Bushchats responded evenly toward the playback and may be incapable of discriminating between neighbours and strangers.

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Navjeevan Dadwal and Dinesh Bhatt "Response of Male Pied Bushchats Saxicola caprata to Playback of the Songs of Neighbours and Strangers," Ornithological Science 16(2), 141-146, (1 July 2017). https://doi.org/10.2326/osj.16.141
Received: 13 September 2016; Accepted: 1 April 2017; Published: 1 July 2017
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