Advances in the Study of Behavior, Vol. 31 by Peter J.B. Slater, Jay S. Rosenblatt, Charles T. Snowdon,

By Peter J.B. Slater, Jay S. Rosenblatt, Charles T. Snowdon, Timothy J. Roper

The purpose of Advances within the examine of habit continues to be because it has been because the sequence all started: to serve the expanding variety of scientists who're engaged within the learn of animal habit via offering their theoretical rules and examine to their colleagues and to these in neighboring fields. we are hoping that the sequence will proceed its "contribution to the advance of the field", as its meant position was once phrased within the Preface to the 1st quantity in 1965. considering that that point, conventional components of animal habit have completed new energy by way of the hyperlinks they've got shaped with similar fields and through the nearer courting that now exists among these learning animal and human topics. Advances within the research of habit, quantity 31 keeps to serve scientists throughout a large spectrum of disciplines. concentrating on new theories and study advancements with admire to behavioral ecology, evolutionary biology, and comparative psychology, those volumes foster cooperation and communications in those dense fields.

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In this chapter we concentrate on the role of birdsong in one aspect of male–male competition: territorial defense. We will first briefly review this subject, arriving at the conclusion that the role of variation in vocal signals in territorial defense and male contest has received limited attention. We outline the questions to be addressed and next introduce our model species, the collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto) and its vocalizations. We describe 31 Copyright C 2002 by Academic Press All rights of reproduction in any form reserved.

1996) reviewed the studies in which the function of signals for both intra- and intersexual communication has been SONG AND MALE–MALE COMPETITION IN COLLARED DOVES 35 examined. They also state that studies on sexual selection are heavily biased to intersexual selection. However, they suggest that many of the signals that serve a dual function first evolved in the context of male–male competition as an indicator of male competitive ability and only later became subject to female choice for high-quality males (see also Borgia and Coleman, 2000).

And East, M. L. (1996). The components of parental care and their fitness consequences: A life history perspective. Verh. Dtsch. Zool. Ges. 2, 149–164. 28 MARION L. , and East, M. L. (1997). Skewed offspring sex ratios and sex composition of twin litters in Serengeti spotted hyaenas (Crocuta crocuta) are a consequence of siblicide. Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 51, 307–316. , and East, M. L. (2000). Conflict management in female dominated spotted hyaenas. In “Natural Conflict Resolution” (F. Aureli and F.

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