Communication and Perception
Zebra finches use vocalization and body movement to communicate. They are well known for their complex and unique songs. Individual finches sing alone and in groups. Zebra finches use a variety of calls to communicate with others in their group. Male mating calls are often described as soft and trilling, whereas warning calls are said to be more urgent and powerful. These latter calls are used when dangers are perceived near the nesting territory. Both sexes produce a nasal 'tang' call but male zebra finches use more vocal communication than do females. The chicks also produce a chirping and scratching noise to stimulate the feeding response of the parents.
Communication Channels: visual ; acoustic
Other Communication Modes: choruses
- Loftfield, E. 2000. "Vocal Communication" (On-line). Accessed October 16, 2006 at http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/courses/bionb424/students2004/el92/behvior.htm.