Experimental evidence for sibling recognition in Common Terns (Sterna hirundo)

The Auk
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Abstract

Young Common Terns (<i>Sterna hirundo</i>) did not respond preferentially to calls of siblings at 8 and 9 days of age, but did so by 12 days of age. In experiments with and without visual isolation, and with use of playback, we demonstrated a tendency to approach sibling begging calls. This differential response indicated sibling-recognition occurred, was based on experience, and involved vocal cues.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Experimental evidence for sibling recognition in Common Terns (Sterna hirundo)
Series title The Auk
Volume 105
Issue 1
Year Published 1988
Language English
Publisher American Ornithological Society
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 7 p.
First page 142
Last page 148
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