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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 29, No. 3, 2008, pp. 285-290
Bioline Code: zr08044
Full paper language: Chinese
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2008, pp. 285-290

 en Territorial Song of Plain Prinia ( Prinia inornata check for this species in other resources )
ZHU, Cheng-lin; HUANG, Jin-wen; ZHANG, Jian-xin; DING, Zhi-feng; ZHENG, Xi-qun; HU, Hui-jian & TANG, Si-xian


Bird song is an important way of studying bird behavior in the field. To understand the relationship between songs and tail action of Plain Prinia ( Prinia inornata check for this species in other resources ), we studied their territorial songs during August and October in 2007 in Jiangxi Village of Zhaoqing, Guangdong. The results showed: 1) Plain Prinia had six song types, four were frequent, one transitional and one scarce type. 2) The song was simple but its type varied, indicating different types and degrees of danger. 3) The four song types had connections with different behaviors, and each song was accompanied by tail shaking. Therefore, we concluded that the structure of the songs was simple but varied a lot, and tail action had a function in these territorial songs.

Prinia inornata; Territorial song; Tail function

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