Repertoire Size and Syllable Sharing in the Song of the Clay-Colored Thrush (Turdus grayi)
Vargas Castro, Luis Esteban
Sánchez Ulate, Natalie Viviana
Barrantes Montero, Gilbert
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Song repertoire size and extent of song sharing provide information about social interactions that occur in songbird species. We recorded the songs of eight male Clay-colored Thrushes (Turdus grayi) in San José, Costa Rica during the 2008 breeding season. We classified 695 songs and 5,032 syllables using visual inspection of spectrograms and spectrogram correlation analysis to measure repertoire size and syllable sharing among a local group of males. Male repertoire size was 10–17 syllable types. Males shared on average 28 ± 15% (SD) syllable types from their repertoires with other males, but a larger proportion of syllable types remained unique to particular males. Extent of repertoire sharing and distance between singing males were not related. Presence of shared and individually unique syllables in the repertoires indicate that imitation, and perhaps improvisation, contribute to development of the song of Clay-colored Thrushes.
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