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A review of hypotheses for the functions of avian duetting

Hall, Michelle


Avian duets are striking for the remarkable precision with which duetting partners sometimes coordinate their songs. Duetting species are taxonomically diverse, and the form of their duets varies. The reasons some birds duet when most do not remains unclear despite numerous hypotheses for its function. I review work done so far on duetting, discuss evidence for and against hypotheses for its functions, and highlight approaches useful for future research. The four hypotheses that appear most...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-003-0741-x


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