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Bioacoustic analyses of the chick-a-dee call of the Mexican chickadee (Poecile sclateri) and the boreal chickadee (Poecile hudsonica) Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Bioacoustics
Vocal Communication
Boreal Chickadee
Chick-a-dee Call
Mexican Chickadee
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Moscicki, Michele
Supervisor and department
Sturdy, Christopher (Psychology)
Examining committee member and department
Cassady St. Clair, Colleen (Biology)
Grant, Doug (Psychology)
Spetch, Marcia (Psychology)
Department
Department of Psychology
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-10-01T17:25:28Z
Graduation date
2009-11
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
To understand the communicative functions of any vocalization it is important to first classify, describe, and measure the elements of that vocalization. Mexican (Poecile sclateri) and boreal (P. hudsonica) chickadees both produce a name-sake chick-a-dee call. Here, the note types present in samples of Mexican and boreal chick-a-dee calls are identified and described. Frequency and temporal measures of each note type are analyzed and show that frequency measures may be useful for note-type and individual discrimination. Call syntax is also analyzed and shows that both Mexican and boreal chickadees produce the notes within their chick-a-dee calls in a fixed order with the potential for any note type to be repeated or omitted within the sequence. This work provides a foundation for future studies aimed at understanding the communicative significance of this call within these species, as well as for comparative work on the chick-a-dee call among all chickadee species.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3WH7R
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