Acoustical communication of male sharp-tailed grouse (Pedioecetes phasianellus) on a north dakota dancing ground

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1975
Authors:L. Kermott, H, Oring, LW
Journal:Animal Behaviour
Issue:Part 2
Date Published:1975
ISBN Number:0003-3472
Keywords:Pedioecetes, Pedioecetes phasianellus, Phasianidae, Tympanuchus, Tympanuchus phasianellus
Abstract:Male sharp-tailed grouse (Pedioecetes phasianellus) possess a complex set of acoustic signals used to mediate their social interactions. Coos are species typical and stereotyped, are common during most of the spring mating season, and are concerned with species identification and advertisement. Gobbles are aggressive, differ consistently among individuals, are common only during the first portion of the season, and are involved in the establishment and defence of territories. During midseason females visit the lek, are courted by males, and copulations occur. At this time, dancing, chilks, and cork notes (all common) are concerned with attracting and stimulating females. Other sounds are aggressive (face-off chatter) or allow males to maintain contact during lulls in activity (cluck).
Short Title:Animal Behaviour
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