Chloris Maury

Doctoral Student
Department Gahr
MPI for Ornithology Seewiesen

Main Focus

Study of song and territorial behavior of male and female robins (Erithacus rubecula) during and outside the breeding season.


In songbirds (Oscines), songs are learned and emitted during the breeding season by males to attract females and repel other males. Learning and rates of emission of these vocalizations are under hormonal and neuronal control processes which are sexually dimorphic. However, in tropical species, females may also produce songs and defend a territory year round. The European robin (Erithacus rubecula) is a rare example of species in temperate areas that fulfils these specificities: both sexes sing and defend territories all year round.

The aims of the project is 1) to compare the acoustic structures of male and female songs recorded during breeding and nonbreeding seasons; 2) to test in the field by playback experiments the function of male and female songs during breeding and non-breeding periods; 3) to study in both sexes the variation of plasmatic testosterone levels and of song nuclei during the breeding and non-breeding seasons. This project opens new perspectives concerning two poorly studied phenomena: the function of female songs and the nature of hormonal and neuronal controls involved in their production.

Curriculum Vitae


2018-present: International PhD, specializing in Animal Behaviour, Ornithology, Bioacoustics, Neurobiology, Physiology.

CNRS - Institut des Neuroscicences Paris-Saclay, UMR 9197, Dept. of Acoustics Communications & Université Paris-Saclay, Orsay, France

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Dept. of Behavioural Neurobiology, Seewiesen & Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Munich, Germany.


2016-2018: MSc Degree in Biology, specializing in Animal Behaviour and Ecology, Université Jean Monnet, Saint Etienne, France


2015-2016: BSc Degree in Biology, specializing in Biology of Organisms and Ecosystems, Université de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France


2013-2015: Diploma of Higher Education in Biological Engineering, specializing in Agronomy, Université de Perpignan, Perpignan, France


Work Experience:

2018: Internship – «Individual and diurnal variation in activity during parental care in Sturnus vulgaris»

Williams’ Laboratory, Centre for Wildlife Ecology (CWE), Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada – Prof. T. Williams


2017: Internship – «Is parental care performed by mother or father in hermaphrodite polychaete worms Ophryotrocha diadema

Laboratoire d’Ethologie Expérimentale et Comparée (LEEC), Université Paris XIII, Villetaneuse, France – Prof. C. Lorenzi


2016: Internship – «i) Effect of developmental temperature on male and female fertility and fecundity on Beetle: Callosobruchus maculatus,

ii) Effect of developmental temperature on reproduction in the Moth: Plodia interpunctella.

Laboratory for Ecology and Evolution, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, England – Dr. P. Eady et Dr. G. Lossa


2015: Internship – «Personality of parrots in front of the novelty

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany & Loro Parque Zoological Park, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain – Dr. A. Von Bayern


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