Imitating the neighbours: vocal dialect matching in a mimic-model system

Putland, D. A., Nicholls, J. A., Noad, M. J. and Goldizen, A. W. (2006) Imitating the neighbours: vocal dialect matching in a mimic-model system. Biology Letters, 2 3: 367-370. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2006.0502

Author Putland, D. A.
Nicholls, J. A.
Noad, M. J.
Goldizen, A. W.
Title Imitating the neighbours: vocal dialect matching in a mimic-model system
Journal name Biology Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1744-9561
Publication date 2006-01-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1098/rsbl.2006.0502
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 2
Issue 3
Start page 367
End page 370
Total pages 4
Place of publication London
Publisher Royal Society
Language eng
Subject C1
270707 Sociobiology and Behavioural Ecology
780105 Biological sciences
Abstract Vocal mimicry provides a unique system for investigating song learning and cultural evolution in birds. Male lyrebirds produce complex vocal displays that include extensive and accurate mimicry of many other bird species. We recorded and analysed the songs of the Albert's lyrebird (Menura alberti) and its most commonly imitated model species, the satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus), at six sites in southeast Queensland, Australia. We show that each population of lyrebirds faithfully reproduces the song of the local population of bowerbirds. Within a population, lyrebirds show less variation in song structure than the available variation in the songs of the models. These results provide the first quantitative evidence for dialect matching in the songs of two species that have no direct ecological relationship.
Keyword Vocal Mimicry
Dialect Matching
Cultural Transmission
Song Learning
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Satin Bowerbirds
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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