Prof Peter Slater

Professor of Natural History (Emeritus)

Bute E40
tel. 01334 463500
fax. 01334 463366

Bird song learning, especially laboratory studies on its timing and on tutor choice in zebra finches. Song organisation and use in wild birds. The function of duetting.




Riebel, K, Lachlan, RF & Slater, PJB 2015, Learning and cultural transmission in chaffinch song. in M Naguib, HJ Brockmann, JC Mitani, LW Simmons, L Barrett, S Healy & PJB Slater (eds), Advances in the Study of Behavior. vol. 47, Advances in the Study of Behavior, vol. 47, Elsevier, pp. 181-227. DOI: 10.1016/bs.asb.2015.01.001
Templeton, CN, Ríos-Chelén, AA, Quirós-Guerrero, E, Mann, NI & Slater, PJB 2013, 'Female happy wrens select songs to cooperate with their mates rather than confront intruders' Biology Letters, vol 9, no. 1, 20120863. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0863
Templeton, CN, Mann, NI, Rios-Chelend, A, Quiros-Guerrero, E & Slater, PJB 2013, 'An experimental study of duet integration in the happy wren, Pheugopedius felix' Animal Behaviour, vol 86, pp. 821-827. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2013.07.022
Templeton, CN, Rivera-Caceres, KD, Mann, NI & Slater, PJB 2011, 'Song duets function primarily as cooperative displays in pairs of happy wrens' Animal Behaviour, vol 82, no. 6, pp. 1399-1407. DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.09.024
Slater, PJB & Janik, VM 2010, Vocal learning. in M Breed & J Moore (eds), Encyclopedia of Animal Behaviour. Elsevier.
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