Degree of prevalence of different song types of chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs L.) in populations of the European Russia

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When studying song organizations of chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs L.), we find the unique typological parities (ratio) of songs in different local populations of a species-specific area. The degree of prevalence of different chaffinch song types can’t correspond to percentage proceeding from their general (common) number in a population. Thus different areas of Russia are forming original (different) song cultures of chaffinch, consisting of the certain set and a parity (ratio) of song types, frequently including the so-called dialect song forms, that have been observed. The complex interrelation of geographical variability and structural variability of chaffinch song in many respects gives a support in an evolutionary view from the given aspect.

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Astakhova, O. (2014) Degree of prevalence of different song types of chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs L.) in populations of the European Russia. Open Journal of Animal Sciences, 4, 31-37. doi: 10.4236/ojas.2014.41005.

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