Controlled Vocabulary: Male response to male Calling Song

The presence of a conspecific Calling Song may change the acoustic behaviour of a male.



In Synchronous Chorusing conspecific males synchronise their songs to begin almost simultaneously. In Alternating Chorusing males (such as Pterophylla camellifolia; Shaw 1968) do not overlap the repeating units of their song. In both types of chorusing, the rhythm of the song may be more uniformly periodic than the same male singing in isolation.

Narrower terms

Alternate Chorusingen
Synchronous Chorusingen
Unsychronous Chorusingen

Physical Spacing


The Calling Song of a conspecific male may be an agonistic signal. The reaction of males to conspecific Calling Songs can vary, some such as Tettigonia viridissima try to maximise their distance from other males (Physical Spacing) (Arak et al. 1990) (but the spacing may be limited by habitat features, such as suitable singing perches: Arak and Eiriksson 1992). Species that sing at the same time of day but do not modify their acoustic behaviour in response to conspecific song should not be included (e.g. those species which sing at dusk each evening).

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