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Solo and duet calling in the pheasant coucal: sex and individual call differences in a nesting cuckoo with reversed size diimorphism

Maurer, Golo; Smith, Claire; Susser, Marc; Magrath, Robert D


Duetting and female vocalisations have rarely been studied in tropical non-passerines. In coucals, a subfamily of nesting cuckoos, these behaviours have evolved under unusual conditions of male-biased parental care and reversed sexual size dimorphism. Here we provide the first detailed description of the structure and occurrence of sex-specific calls and duets in a monogamous coucal species, the pheasant coucal, Centropus phasianinus. Pheasant coucals of either sex use two types of far-reaching...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Zoology
DOI: 10.1071/ZO08049


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