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Vocal communication in European quail; Comparison with Japanese quail

Abstract : The vocal communication repertoire of European quail (Coturnix coturnix coturnix) was established by recording birds during the main stages of their biological cycle, in the field or in the laboratory. Twenty-four calls were described and divided into 4 groups depending on the functional aspect of their occurrence. The large number of quail vocalizations reveals a high degree of social organization with important possibilities for interindividual adjustement during interattractive or agonistic behaviour or pair formation. Comparisons with Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) show an almost total overlap of the 2 repertoires. The main difference lies in the presence of two dictinct forms of sexual song in European quail. Crows from hybrid males reveal hidden homologies between these songs and could indicate genetic pollution.
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Jean-Charles Guyomarc'H, Catherine Guyomarc'H. Vocal communication in European quail; Comparison with Japanese quail. Comptes rendus de l’Académie des sciences. Série III, Sciences de la vie, Elsevier, 1996, 319 (9), pp.827-834. ⟨hal-01370124⟩

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