Finches use their own form of grammar in their tweets
MicroRNAs in the songbird brain respond to new songs (w/ video)
Whenever it hears an unfamiliar song from a bird of the same species, a zebra finch stops chirping, hopping and grooming. It listens attentively for minutes at a time, occasionally cocking its head but otherwise ...
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.
Oust that tune: Study details cures for earworms (Update)
It happens to nearly everyone: A song—let's say Abba's "Waterloo"—is stuck in your head and just won't go away.
World's largest natural sound archive now online
(Phys.org)—After 12 years of work, Cornell's Macaulay Library archive, the largest collection of wildlife sounds in the world, is now digitized and fully available online.
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.
Colonizing songbirds lost sense of syntax: Genes underlying song selection may have been lost in transit
As one species of European songbird island-hopped to colonize mid-Atlantic archipelagoes over the course of a half million years, their songs lost their sense of syntax.
Song sparrows escalate territorial threats (w/ Video)
Territorial song sparrows use increasingly threatening signals to ward off trespassing rivals. First an early warning that matches the intruder's song, then wing waving – a bird's version of "flipping the bird" – as the ...
Dolphin whistles are unfit for porpoise
Bottlenose dolphins have whistles which they use to exclusively greet other members of their species, marine biologists in Scotland reported on Wednesday.
Like father, not like son: Brain and song structure in zebra finches are strongly influenced by the environment
The song of songbirds is a learned, complex behavior and subject to strong selective forces. However, it is difficult to tease apart the influence of the genetic background and the environment on the expression ...
What singing fruit flies can tell us about quick decisions
You wouldn't hear the mating song of the male fruit fly as you reached for the infested bananas in your kitchen. Yet, the neural activity behind the insect's amorous call could help scientists understand ...
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 ...
Pop music has become louder, less original: study finds
Your mother was right: Pop music has become louder and less original over the years.
Fraternal singing in zebra finches
The song of songbirds is usually transmitted from one generation to the next by imitation learning and is thought to be similar to the acquisition of human speech. Although song is often learnt from an adult ...