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Veeries very quiet when owls are about

If you hear an owl hooting at dusk, don't expect to catch the flute-like song of a Veery nearby. This North American thrush has probably also heard the hoots, and is singing much less to ensure that it does ...

Jul 30, 2013 not rated yet 0

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 ...

Jun 12, 2013 not rated yet 0 | with audio podcast

What can 'ring species' teach us about evolution?

Ten thousand years ago, at the end of the last ice age, a species of greenish warblers lived in a forest south of the Tibetan Plateau. As the ice receded, the forest grew to form a ring around the plateau—and so did the ...

Mar 12, 2013 4.8 / 5 (5) 2 | with audio podcast

Cuckolded males sing louder

The song of male songbirds is multifaceted and has two main functions: to repel rivals and to attract mates. Females often pay attention to certain features within a song, such as the presence of special ...

Aug 23, 2012 5 / 5 (1) 0 | with audio podcast

Endangered status considered for Bicknell's thrush

(AP) — The Bicknell's thrush, a rare songbird that breeds atop mountains in the northeastern United States and winters in the Caribbean, is being considered for endangered species status, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ...

Aug 14, 2012 5 / 5 (1) 0