Translator Disclaimer
1 August 2007 THE DUETTING BEHAVIOR OF PACIFIC COAST PLAIN WRENS
Author Affiliations +
Abstract

Abstract. We provide the first detailed analysis of the vocal behavior of Pacific coast Plain Wrens (Thryothorus modestus modestus). Male Plain Wrens sing two categories of song phrase; one phrase is given as a solo song or duet introduction (I-phrases), while the other is sung primarily during duets (M-phrases). Females sing only one category of song phrase, usually during duets (F-phrases). Both sexes have repertoires of their respective song categories. Plain Wren duets show extreme temporal coordination: duets typically begin with male I-phrases, which are followed by the rapid alternation of female F-phrases and male M-phrases. These patterns are congruent with the solo and duet singing behavior of a sister taxon to the Plain Wren, the Canebrake Wren (Thryothorus modestus zeledoni). Our analyses of Plain Wren songs and duets reveal pronounced differences between males and females and contribute to our understanding of the complex duetting behavior of Thryothorus wrens.

JESSICA L. CUTHBERT and DANIEL J. MENNILL "THE DUETTING BEHAVIOR OF PACIFIC COAST PLAIN WRENS," The Condor 109(3), 686-692, (1 August 2007). https://doi.org/10.1650/8234.1
Received: 31 August 2006; Accepted: 1 April 2007; Published: 1 August 2007
JOURNAL ARTICLE
7 PAGES


SHARE
ARTICLE IMPACT
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Get copyright permission
Back to Top