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Title (fieldwork) Territorial males adjust their songs according to intruders’ song complexity
Group Behavioural Ecology
Project type thesis
Credits 36
Supervisor(s) Filipe Cunha
Examiner(s) Marc Naguib
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Begin date 2022/06/12
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Description The fieldwork takes place between December and April in Florestal/Minas Gerais, Brazil.

In this project, we want to understand if territorial male birds can adjust their song according to the 'level of expertise' of their intruder. You will conduct a series of field experiments in a breeding population of Lined Seedeater.

You will simulate intruding events using song playback experiments and investigate the response of territorial-owner males to simulated intruders with different levels of song complexity. More, you will have access to their breeding data and make inferences on the adaptive value of this behaviour.
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