The study explores the importance of bird song in mate attraction and territory establishment, with different song types and behaviors potentially serving distinct roles in resource acquisition. While adjustments in singing patterns during the breeding season are well-documented among male songbirds, such relationships remain unexplored in various avian species. Focusing on male Bermuda white-eyed vireos, known for their "discrete" and "rambling" song types, the research aims to test the hypotheses of mate attraction and territory defense. The investigation delves into song production and perch elevation across breeding and non-breeding periods. Results reveal that male vireos produce both song types year-round, suggesting dual roles in mate selection and territorial safeguarding. While no significant differences emerge between song production in breeding and non-breeding seasons, variations are observed within the breeding season. Males without nesting duties display higher song production, and elevated song perch height is more prominent during the breeding season, especially among males without nesting responsibilities and when delivering discrete songs. The findings emphasize the strategic nature of male vireo song behaviors, increasing visibility to potential mates and maintaining territories across seasons. The study underscores the empirical support for mate attraction and territory defense hypotheses as fundamental drivers of intricate bird song behaviors.
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