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Sexual display laterality in male of Japanese quail

Florent Pittet
Catherine Blois-Heulin
Cécilia Houdelier
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Sophie Lumineau


The influence of the brain laterality on behavioral expression and sensory perception has been demonstrated in many species. We investigated the existence of a laterality in the expression of courtship behaviors in 25 male Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica), observed during head-to-head confrontations with a stuffed female. Around 42 % of tested males were lateralized for three behavioral units: side display, tiptoe walking and courtship feeding. Moreover, males kept the same bias for different behaviors and along the different repetitions. At the group level, males preferentially showed their left side to the female in their side displays. This result reflects preference in using the left visual field in sexual context. Our data confirm previous results on, in other species of bird. These results supported the hypothesis highlighting the importance of the visual field on the expression of a side preference during the sexual display.
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Florent Pittet, Catherine Blois-Heulin, Cécilia Houdelier, Marie-Annick Richard-Yris, Sophie Lumineau. Sexual display laterality in male of Japanese quail. Behavior 2009 - 31st International Ethological Conference, Aug 2009, Rennes, France. ⟨hal-01355767⟩
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