Female song in the Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca

Robert Patchett*, Alexander N. G. Kirschel, Joanna Robins King, Patrick Styles, Will Cresswell

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Female song is widespread across bird species yet rarely reported. Here, we report the first observations and description of female song in the Cyprus Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca and compare it to male song through the breeding season. Twenty-five percent of colour-ringed females were observed singing at least once, predominantly in April, compared to 71% of males that continued singing through the breeding period. We suggest that female song may have multiple functions in this species, but it may be especially important in territorial defence and mate acquisition.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Ornithology
VolumeFirst Online
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2021


  • Female bird song
  • Female songbirds
  • Passerine
  • Muscicapidae


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