Audience Effect

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Subject: Audience Effect
From: WM James Davis <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 1997 07:19:44 +1000 (EST)
Confirmation requested:

  Recently I have been reading that males of some species will act
differently in the present of their mate.  In particular, Zebra Finch
and Budgerigar males will only actively court "other" females when their
mates are not watching.  In New World kingfishers, I have observed that
males usually will not dig out a nest hole, at least intially, unless the
a female is watching.  Recently, I have been watching Spotted and Striated
Pardalotes digging nests (4 independent cases) and again, it would seem
that males will sit on a perch and sing until a female arrives and
then he will fly to a nearby bank and start to dig.  Can anyone confirn
this observation in Pardalotes, Australian kingfishers or any other
Australian bird?  TIA

Cheers, Jim Davis

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