Tag: Prunella modularis

Female control of copulations to maximize male help: a comparison ofpolygynandrous alpine accentors, Prunella collaris, and dunnocks,P. modularis

Dunnock (Prunella modularis) Science Article 1 abstract Alpine accentors and dunnocks bred in polygynandrous groups in which two or moreunrelated males shared two or more females. In both species, a female solicited actively to both alphaand subordinate males whereas an alpha male attempted to guard the female to monopolize paternity.Females combated the restrictions imposed by […]

Territoriality and song as flexible paternityguards in dunnocks and alpine accentors

Dunnock (Prunella modularis) Science Article 6 abstract I compare paternity defense strategies in the variable mating systems of alpine accentors Prunella collaris and dunnocks P. modularis. I show that in dunnocks breeding territoriality functions exclusively for mate defense Naomi E. Langmore, Behavioral Ecology Vol. 7 No. 2: 183-188 Download article download full text (pdf)

Female dunnocks use vocalizations to compete for males

Dunnock (Prunella modularis) Science Article 2 abstract In songbirds, males are usually the more competitive sex and they use vocalizations to attractfemales and to compete with rival males. When levels of female-female competition were experimentallyincreased in a population of dunnocks, Prunella modularis, females were predicted to increase theirvocalization rates and to use vocalizations in comparable […]

Song switching in monandrous and polyandrous dunnocks, Prunella modularis

Dunnock (Prunella modularis) Science Article 3 abstract The dunnock song repertoire comprises multiple song types, and during bouts of singingmales repeat a song type several times before switching. Several hypotheses suggest that the rate atwhich males switch song types may function in male-male aggression, mate attraction, or both.Dunnocks switched song types 10 times faster when […]

Competition for male reproductive investmentelevates testosterone levels in female dunnocks,Prunella modularis

Dunnock (Prunella modularis) Science Article 4 abstract In many songbirds, females occasionally sing in contexts of high female-female competition. Testosteronemay be involved in the activation of song, because testosterone implants elicit female song in many specieswith rare female song. A possible mechanism for the hormonal control of female song is provided by thechallenge hypothesis, which […]

Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

[order] PASSERIFORMES | [family] Prunellidae | [latin] Prunella modularis | [UK] Dunnock | [FR] Accenteur mouchet | [DE] Heckenbraunelle | [ES] Acentor Comun | [NL] Heggemus Subspecies Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range Prunella modularis EU w, sw, also nw Africa Prunella modularis euxina Prunella modularis fuscata Prunella modularis hebridium […]