Section 38
Chapter 37,751

Acoustical variations in sexually dimorphic features of distance calls in domesticated zebra finches Taeniopygia guttata castanotis

Okanoya, K.; Yoneda, T.; Kimura, T.

Journal of Ethology 111: 29-36


ISSN/ISBN: 0289-0771
DOI: 10.1007/bf02350003
Accession: 037750881

Species-specific distance cells (DCs) were recorded from Zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata castanotis) obtained from three different breeding stocks: Japanese breeders that use Bengalese finches as fostering parents, and Japanese and American breeders that let natural parents rear Zebra finches. These calls were analyzed for five acoustic parameters that were shown to be sexually dimorphic in wild Zebra finches. Male Zebra finches had DCs that were variable among breeding stocks and among individuals. Female DCs recorded from Bengalese-fostered birds were generally longer in duration and higher in pitch than those recorded from Zebra-finch-reared birds, males and females in each breeding stock differed in at least one acoustic parameter, but that parameter was unique in each of the breeding stocks. These results suggest that although sexual dimorphism in Zebra finch DCs has gradually disappeared during the process of domestication, at least one acoustic attribute which allows discrimination between the calls of the sexes has been preserved.

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