Laurent Nagle


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Research interests

Territorial reactions of yellowhammer males toward different song elements

During reproduction season, the male yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella defends a territory. The broadcasting of different song species provokes territory responses. In the field, the aim of our experiments is to test the different song elements and to evaluate the elements inducing territorial responses.

Internal and environmental considerations that influence acoustic preferences of female songbirds

During reproduction season, females are very selective. As a consequence, they care on features thanks to which they can evaluate the male's reproductive quality. Nevertheless, if choices of most of the individuals corroborate, there is a great variability amongst individual responses. By modulating internal and environmental conditions in which females are bred, we try to determine which are the more likely to make vary acoustic preferences of the females.


Giret, N., Albert, A. Nagle L., Kreutzer, M. & Bovet, D. Context-related vocalizations in African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus), Acta Ethologica, in press.

Giret, N., A. Nitsch, L. Nagle. 2011. Phonological-dependent territorial responses in yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella).  Behavioural Processes, 88, 67-71.

A. Lerch, L. Rat-Fischer, M. Gratier et L. Nagle. 2011. Diet quality affects male choice in domestic female canary Serinus canaria. Ethology, 117, 769-776.

A. Lerch, P. Roy, F. Pachet & L. Nagle. In press. Closed-loop bird-computer interactions : a new method to study the role of bird callings. Animal Cognition.

Péron, F., Rat-Fischer, L., Nagle, L. & Bovet, D. 2010. 'Unwilling' versus 'unable': Do grey parrots understand human intentional action? Interactions Studies, 11, 428-441.

Giret, N., Péron, F., Lindová, J., Tichotová, L. Nagle, L., Kreutzer, M. Tymr, F. & Bovet, D. 2010. Referential learning of French labels in African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus): different methods yield contrasting results. Behavioural Processes, 85, 90-98.

A. Lerch et L. Nagle. 2010. Chants et préférences sexuelles chez les oiseaux chanteurs. Acoustique et Technique, 61, 14-17.

Gruber, T., Nagle, L. 2010. Territorial reactions of male Yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella) toward a specific song structure. Journal of Ornithology, 151, 645-654.

Giret, N. Péron, F., Nagle, L., Kreutzer, M. & Bovet, D.  2009. Spontaneous categorization of vocal imitations in African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus). Behavioural Processes, 82, 244-248.

Pasteau, M., Nagle, L. & Kreutzer, M. 2009. Preferences and predispositions of female canaries (Serinus canaria) for loud intensity of male sexy phrases. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 96, 808-814.

Pasteau, M., Nagle, L. & Kreutzer, M. 2009. Aviary experience has no impact on predispositions of the female canary to prefer longer sexy phrases. The Auk, 126-383-388.

M. Pasteau, L. Nagle et M. Kreutzer. 2007. Influences of learning and predispositions on frequency level preferences on female canaries (Serinus canaria). Behaviour, 144, 1103-1118.

T.Draganoiu, M. Pasteau et L.Nagle. 2006. Do different elements of Black redstart song have different threat values ? Journal ofOrnithology, 147, 158-159.

Draganoiu, T., Nagle L., Musseau, R. and M. Kreutzer. 2006 In a songbird, the black redstart, parents use acoustic cues to discriminate between their different fledglings. Animal Behaviour, 71(5), 1039-1046.

T. Draganoiu, L. Nagle, R. Musseau et M. Kreutzer. 2005. Parental care and brood division in a songbird, the black redstart. Behaviour, 142, 1495-1514.

L.Z. Garamszegi, T. J. S. Balsby, B. D. Bell, M. Borowiec, B. E.Byers, T.Draganoiu, M. Eens, W. Forstmeier, P. Galeotti, D. Gil, L.Gorissen, P.Hansen, H. M. Lampe, S. Leitner, J. Lontkowski, L. Nagle, E.Nemeth, R.Pinxten, J.-M. Rossi, N. Saino, A. Tanvez, R. Titus, J. Török,E. VanDuyse et A. P. Moller. 2005. Estimating the complexity of bird song by using capture-recapture approaches from community ecology. Behav.Ecol. Sociobiol.,57, 305-317.

M. Parisot, L. Nagle, E. Vallet et M. Kreutzer. 2004. Dominance-related foraging in female domesticated canaries underl aboratory conditions. Can. J. Zool., 82, 1246-1250.

M. Pasteau, L. Nagle et M. Kreutzer. 2004. Preferences and predispositions for intra-syllabic diversity in female canaries (Serinuscanaria). Behaviour, 141, 571-583.

L. Nagle, M. Kreutzer et E. Vallet. 2002. Adult female canaries respond to male song by calling. Ethology, 108, 463-472.

T. Draganoiu, L. Nagle et M. Kreutzer. 2002. Directional female preference for an exaggerated male trait in canary (Serinus canaria) song. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B, 269, 2525-2531.

M. Parisot, E. Vallet, L. Nagle et M. Kreutzer. 2002. Male canaries discriminate among songs : call rate is a reliable measure. Behaviour,139, 55-63.

L. Nagle et C. Couroux. 2000. The influence of song mode on responses of male American Redstarts. Ethology, 106, 1049-1055.

G. Leboucher, V. Depraz, M. Kreutzer et L. Nagle. 1998. Male song stimulation of female reproduction in canaries : features relevant to sexual displays are not relevant to nest-building or egg-laying. Ethology, 104, 613-624.

L. Nagle, M. Kreutzer et E. Vallet. 1997. A chorus song stylei nfluences sexual responses in female canaries. Can. J. Zool., 75, 638-640.

L. Nagle et M. Kreutzer. 1997. Song tutoring influences female song preferences in domesticated canaries. Behaviour, 134, 89-104.

L. Nagle et M. Kreutzer. 1997. Adult female domesticated canaries can modify their song preferences. Can. J. Zool., 75,1346-1350.

M. Kreutzer, E. Vallet et L. Nagle. 1996. Female canaries display to songs of early isolated males. Experientia, 52, 277-280.

M. KreutzerE. Vallet et L. Nagle. 1994. Sexual responsiveness of female canaries to song bout organization. Behaviour, 129, 293-305.

L. Nagle, M. Kreutzer et E. Vallet. 1993. Obtaining copulation solicitation displays in female canaries without estradiol implants. Experientia, 49, 1022-1023.

Updated on 27 octobre 2011