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1 December 2010 Variation of Type B Song in the Endangered Golden-Cheeked Warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia)
Wendy J. Leonard, Jayne Neal, Rama Ratnam
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Abstract

The Golden-cheeked Warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia), a member of the Parulidae, uses a two-category song system referred to as Type A and Type B. However, songs recorded from adult males in Bexar County, Texas, USA, did not resemble the typical A or B songs reported for this species. We report an analysis of these atypical songs from six adult males. Quantitative features of the measured songs and syllable structure suggest this atypical song is more comparable to a B song than an A song with some modifications. The atypical song has dropped a terminal syllable of the known B song, and selectively modified one of the syllables to include frequency modulations (up and down slurs). Further, the known B song was not heard in the investigated sites. We conclude the atypical song is a variant of the B song.

Wendy J. Leonard, Jayne Neal, and Rama Ratnam "Variation of Type B Song in the Endangered Golden-Cheeked Warbler (Dendroica chrysoparia)," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 122(4), 777-780, (1 December 2010). https://doi.org/10.1676/09-195.1
Received: 10 December 2009; Accepted: 1 June 2010; Published: 1 December 2010
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