Title

Pair bond maintenance in Pileated Woodpeckers at roost sites during autumn

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2003

Abstract

Individuals in a number of bird species have the opportunity to maintain contact with their mates during nonbreeding periods. This contact may be important to synchronize the partners' reproductive cycles before breeding begins. As a first step toward exploring the function of pair bond maintenance in non-breeding birds, I studied the behavior of three pairs of Pileated Woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) and an unpaired male at roost sites during autumn. At dawn and dusk, paired individuals exchanged visual, vocal, and other acoustical signals identical to those given during the breeding season. Demonstration tapping away from a nest is reported here for the first time. The possible function of these behaviors may be related to monitoring the partner's condition and investing in the pair bond to enhance future reproductive success.

Publication Name

Wilson Bulletin

Volume Number

115

First Page

186

Last Page

192

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1676/02-098

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