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Female and male song rates across breeding stage: Testing for sexual and nonsexual functions of female song

Cain, Kristal; Langmore, Naomi


As a textbook example of a sexually selected trait, song in male birds has been extensively examined in the context of female mate choice and male-male competition for access to mates. Female song is also phylogenetically widespread, and probably ancestral. However, we know relatively little about when and why females sing. Female song may be important for female-male communication, e.g. fertility advertisement, mate attraction or coordinating the care of young. Alternatively, female song may...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.07.034


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