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The Evolution of Animal Communication: Reliability and Deception in Signaling Systems: Reliability and Deception in Signaling Systems
‘The Evolution of Animal Communication: Reliability and Deception in Signaling Systems’ by William A. Searcy and Stephen Nowicki is the latest book in the Monographs in Behavior and Ecology seriesExpand
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Brain development, song learning and mate choice in birds: a review and experimental test of the "nutritional stress hypothesis"
Abstract. The nutritional stress hypothesis explains how learned features of song, such as complexity and local dialect structure, can serve as indicators of male quality of interest to females inExpand
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Song as an aggressive signal in songbirds
Birdsong is often regarded as an aggressive signal. More specifically, particular singing behaviours are hypothesized to be threatening, including song type matching, frequency matching, songExpand
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Songs are complex acoustic signals produced mainly during the mating season. Such signals are found in many taxa but are most typical of birds, frogs, and insects. Darwin (38) noted that in theseExpand
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Song repertoire size in male song sparrows correlates with detour reaching, but not with other cognitive measures
Song learning is a cognitive task in which juvenile birds acquire, store and use information about adult song to shape their own song production. Comparative studies show that across bird species,Expand
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Bird song as a signal of aggressive intent
A central question in animal communication research concerns the reliability of animal signals. The question is particularly relevant to aggressive communication, where there often may be advantagesExpand
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Song repertoire and mate choice in birds
Synopsis. In many species of birds, individual males possess "repertoires" of multiple versions ofthe species song. Females of several of these species have been shown to respond preferentially inExpand
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Polygyny and Sexual Selection in Red-Winged Blackbirds
The purpose of this book is to explain why red-winged blackbirds are polygynous and to describe the effects of this mating system on other aspects of the biology of the species. Polygyny is a matingExpand
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Swamp sparrows modulate vocal performance in an aggressive context
Vocal performance refers to the proficiency with which a bird sings songs that are challenging to produce, and can be measured in simple trilled songs by their deviation from an upper boundExpand
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