Male songbirds don't have to be studs to find a mate
Biologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may have good news for male songbirds: You might not have to be a stud to attract a mate.
'Teenage' songbirds experience high mortality due to many causes, study finds
Nearly one-third of songbird species across North America are experiencing long-term declines. Scientists have spent years researching potential causes for these population declines, focusing on the birds ...
Bird song – it's not just a male gig
Since Darwin's observations we thought that bird songs were a male trait for courting with females who were drawn to the most seductive male song.
Signalers vs. strong silent types: Sparrows exude personalities during fights
Like humans, some song sparrows are more effusive than others, at least when it comes to defending their territories. New findings from the University of Washington show that consistent individual differences ...
Even low-level PCBs change bird songs
It may not kill them outright, but low-level PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) contamination disrupts how some birds sing their songs, report Cornell researchers.
Human language and birdsong both acquired through stepwise imitation
Songbirds and humans both learn to vocalize by imitation and produce their respective sounds in much the same way, by arranging syllables into sequences. Very little is known, however, about how this ability ...
Researchers find similarities in the way birds and babies learn to 'talk'
Bird's playlist could signal mental strengths and weaknesses
Having the biggest playlist doesn't make a male songbird the brainiest of the bunch, a new study shows.
Tone-deaf female cowbirds change flock behavior, disrupt social networks
Female cowbirds incapable of recognizing high-quality male songs can alter the behavior of flock-mates of either sex and disrupt overall social structure, according to research published May 1 in the open ...
Low-pitched song indicates fairy-wren size
A male fairy-wren's low pitch song indicates body size, a new international study has shown.
Cultural evolution changes bird song
Thanks to cultural evolution, male Savannah sparrows are changing their tune, partly to attract "the ladies."
Clamorous city blackbirds
(Phys.org)—Animals have developed a variety of strategies for dealing with increasing noise pollution in their habitats. It is known, for example, that many urban birds sing at a high pitch to differentiate ...
Banded mongooses structure monosyllabic sounds in a similar way to humans
Animals are more eloquent than previously assumed. Even the monosyllabic call of the banded mongoose is structured and thus comparable with the vowel and consonant system of human speech. Behavioral biologists ...
Birdsong bluster may dupe strange females, but it won't fool partners
(Phys.org)—Male birds use their song to dupe females they have just met by pretending they are in excellent physical condition. Just as some men try to cast themselves in a better light when they approach ...