Title

Sexual responses of female canaries at the onset of song stimuli

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1992

Publication Title

Experientia

Volume

48

Issue

7

First Page

679

Last Page

682

DOI

10.1007/BF02118318

Abstract

The salience of a short conspecific song phrase versus a long one or a short heterospecific song phrase was tested in females of the common domesticated canary (Serinus canaria). All phrases were computer-edited. The copulation solicitation displays (CSD) served as an index of female responses. The results support the hypothesis that female canaries are able at the onset of a song phrase stimulus: 1) to respond to a conspecific one by displaying high levels of CSD and 2) to discriminate a conspecific from a heterospecific one. Proximal explanations examine the link between perceptual processes and phonology in the canary. Functional explanations investigate the relations between female responsiveness and the process of pair formation.

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