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Couples showing off: audience promotes both male and female multimodal courtship display in a songbird

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Abstract
Social environments can shape animal communication. Although mutual courtship displays are generally thought to function in private communication between a male and a female, we provide experimental evidence that they work in a broader social context than previously thought. We examined the audience effect on mutual courtship in blue-capped cordon-bleus, a socially monogamous songbird. This species is characterized by…..

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Article information:
Nao Ota, Manfred Gahr, and Masayo Soma,
Couples showing off: audience promotes both male and female multimodal courtship display in a songbird. Science Advances, October 3, 2018.
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat4779