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Pitch Processing Strategies in Birds: A Comparison of Laboratory and Field Studies

  • Laurene Ratcliffe
  • Ron Weisman
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Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 228)

Abstract

Over 50 studies have investigated how birds recognise conspecific song using playback (reviewed by Becker 1982; Weisman and Ratcliffe 1987). Typically, these experiments have compared the responses of territorial males (of mostly north temperate species) to broadcast of natural and altered species’ songs. Song playback simulates the intrusion of a rival male and usually elicits aggressive behaviour from the subject. If the alteration of a particular song feature reduces this aggression, compared to the natural song, one may infer the feature is important in song recognition. That is, either the song lacks species-specificity, or is recognised but not considered very threatening (Weary in press).

Keywords

Pitch Contour Absolute Pitch Pitch Perception Pitch Ratio Relative Pitch 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurene Ratcliffe
    • 1
  • Ron Weisman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyQueen’s UniversityKingstonCanada

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