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I am interested in both proximal and ultimate questions concerning animal communication with a special emphasis on bird vocal behaviour and individual recognition processes. My main study species is a migratory songbird, the Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros. During my PhD thesis I investigated parent-offspring recognition processes in relation to parental investment strategies. Redstarts divide their broods after fledging with each parent preferentially feeding a particular subset of young within a brood. Both sexes vocally discriminate between the begging calls of their preferentially fed chicks versus those fed by the other parent. During a post-doctoral fellowship I focused on song stability and long-term neighbour-stranger vocal discrimination in the same species.
The black redstart is a species found both in its natural habitat (rocky mountain areas) and in human modified habitats (both villages and cities). Up to now I studied a small population in a mountain village of the Massif Central. At the present I aim to understand how the vocal communication (quantity, rhythm and structure of vocal productions) and recognition abilities are modified in the urban habitat. At the same time I will investigate in a laboratory study using domestic canaries, Serinus canaria how urban noise may affect female sexual preferences for males songs.
Lessells C.K.M., Riebel K. & Draganoiu T. 2011. Individual benefits of nestling begging: experimental evidence for an immediate effect, but no evidence for a delayed effect. Biology Letters, 7, 336-338.
Draganoiu T., Nagle L., Musseau R. and Kreutzer M., 2006. In a songbird, the black redstart, parents use acoustic cues to discriminate between their different fledglings. Animal Behaviour 71, 1039-1046.
Lehongre K., Lenouvel P., Draganoiu T. and Del Negro C, 2006. Long-term effect of isolation rearing conditions in songs of an open-ended song learner species, the canary (Serinus canaria). Animal Behaviour 72, 1319-1327.
Draganoiu T., Nagle L., Musseau R. and Kreutzer M., 2005. Parental care and brood division in a songbird, the black redstart. Behaviour142, 1495-1514.
Draganoiu T., Nagle L. and Kreutzer M., 2002. Directional female preference for an exaggerated male trait in Canary (Serinus canaria) song. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 269, 2525-2531.
Hodor C., Valcu M. and Draganoiu T., 1998. Bird Assemblage and Avifauna Dynamic of the Comana Fish Farm, Giurgiu County Romania (1997-1998). Analele Universitatii Bucuresti Biologie XLVII, 57-68.
Draganoiu T., Pasteau M. and Nagle L., 2006. Do different elements of Black Redstart song have different threat values ? Journal of Ornithology, 147 S1, 158-159.
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