The monogamous pair bond in birds
represents a real partnership. Mates work as a team during chicks
rearing and synchronize their activity. The monogamous pair
bond in birds can thus be considered as an example of cooperative
behaviour that relies on coordination between mates. Coordination
and synchrony is reached by communication between the partners.
The study of acoustic communication in monogamous birds is thus
of high relevance to the understanding of monogamy and more
generally of cooperative behaviours.
During my PhD project, I will study acoustic
communication between songbird mates at crucial periods of coordination
: nest building, incubation and chick rearing. I will study
vocal communication at the nest between mates using a comparative
approach. I will try to decipher how coordination in acoustic
communication correlates with sex-role equality between mates
during incubation and chick rearing. I will compare a species
with high level of equality between mates, the zebra finch (Taeniopygia
guttata), and a species with a female-biased work load, the
great tit (Parus major).
My research project is entitled "Vocal
communication at the nest between mates in songbirds".
This project is supervised by Clementine VIGNAL and Fanny RYBAK.
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