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Aves, 19/1 | 1982 | 13-21

  The Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus L.) : description of an individual recognition system on the basis of song.
Gailly, P.

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Repeated experiments with bird-songs carried out at the Genk (Limburg) reserve "De Maten" showed that Reed Bunting are capable of recognising individually the males they hear singing. This individual information is probably given by the note with which each male commences his phrases and which characterises each one of them. From various observations made, it was possible to formulate the hypothesis that the Reed Buntings nesting in a given site belonged to the same family group. This hypothesis can be tested by the study of the ontogenesis of the song and the family ties existing between the various birds nesting at the site in question.