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Subject:Re: plain-tailed wren duet research--- from Science Now
From:Matt Dufort <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Matt Dufort <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 9 Nov 2011 08:42:37 -0600

Thanks, Gordon, for forwarding that.  It's an interesting read.  
Duetting is actually quite common in other parts of the world, 
especially tropical areas.  Africa, Central and South America, 
Australia, and other places have lots of species that duet.

Plain-tailed Wrens, which this study focused on, are masters of it.  
Something this article didn't mention is that this species sometimes 
lives in large cooperative groups, and those groups sing in chorus.  
Multiple males singing the male part together, and multiple females 
singing the female part together.
Some great examples of this are here:
and here:

Compared to the rest of the world, duet singing is unusually uncommon in 
the US and Canada.  The only species here that comes to mind is Northern 
Cardinal, though I suspect there are others.

Matt Dufort

On 11/8/11 9:50 PM, G Andersson wrote:
> This article reports research on the duet singing of this wren species from
> Ecuador.  Given its name, could this be the only wren species without a
> barred tail?   Anyway there are links in the text to listen to the duet and
> the single song.. also a link to the original journal article for those who
> like neurology.  I don't think there are any duetting bird species in N
> America, but there are in Africa.  I would guess their finding apply to all
> such species worldwide, but who knows?
> Gordon Andersson
> St Paul
> ts.html?ref=hp
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