Wood-Warbler Song Systems

A Review of Paruline Singing Behaviors
  • David A. Spector
Part of the Current Ornithology book series (CUOR, volume 9)


Many songbird species have song repertoires divided into subsets of songs that are used in different situations. The song systems—the species-typical patterns of song use—of these species provide an opportunity to examine the evolution of songs or groups of songs that seem to be specialized for different functions, without the confounding effects of ecological differences inherent in interspecific comparisons. Among songbirds that use different songs in different circumstances, the wood-warblers (Parulinae) are particularly interesting as a relatively well-studied group among which patterns of song use are shared by related species. In this chapter, I review the literature on wood-warbler song with the hope of putting the singing behavior of individual species in perspective and of using comparative data to develop hypotheses about the evolution of wood-warbler song systems.


Song Type Yellow Warbler Female Song Song Repertoire Singing Behavior 
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  • David A. Spector
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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