Lack of subspecies-recognition in breeding Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica transitiva)

Tali Reiner Brodetzki*, Arnon Lotem, Rebecca J. Safran, Mark E. Hauber

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Assortative social interactions based on (sub)species recognition can be a driving force in speciation processes. To determine whether breeding Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica transitiva in Israel behave differentially towards members of their own subspecies, relative to a different, transient subspecies H. r. rustica and two sympatrically breeding species (Sand Martin Riparia riparia and House Sparrow Passer domesticus), we conducted a territory intrusion experiment near active nests using taxidermy models. Females responded less to the models than males, and the patterns of the recorded behavioral response traits co-varied statistically with sub- or species identity of the models, but none showed patterns of response selectivity for con(sub)specific model types only. These results do not support a role for subspecies recognition in the territorial intrusion responses of H. r. transitiva.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104422
JournalBehavioural Processes
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • Copulation
  • Sexual selection
  • Speciation
  • Species recognition


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