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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