Title page for ETD etd-06232009-063231

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kirby, Alice
URN etd-06232009-063231
Title A test of the signal transmission hypothesis of vocal imitation in the white-eyed vireo (Vireo griseus)
Degree Master of Science
Department Biology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Adkisson, Curtis S. Committee Chair
Cranford, Jack A. Committee Member
Fraser, James D. Committee Member
Hopp, S. L. Committee Member
  • White-eyed vireo
Date of Defense 1994-05-05
Availability unrestricted

This study compared male response to playback and interspecific vocal imitation in two White-eyed Vireo populations, in southwestern Virginia and eastern North Carolina. White-eyed Vireos are hypothesized to imitate notes from other birds which transmit efficiently through dense habitat. Male White-eyed Vireos did not respond differently to playback of each other I s songs. The song repertoires between Virginia and North Carolina were not found to include strikingly different imitations despite the different sound environments. Degradation and attenuation of White-eyed Vireo song notes was also compared between the two locations. There was no statistically significant difference in degradation or attenuation of notes when compared to native or foreign habitat. Notes occurring more frequently in the population did not transmit more efficiently. Notes unique to North Carolina did transmit more efficiently in their native habitat, but this difference was explained by the relatively less dense habitat in North Carolina.

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