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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 series
Brain development, song learning and mate choice in birds: a review and experimental test of the "nutritional stress hypothesis"
New experimental data are presented demonstrating an effect of nestling nutrition on nestling growth, brain development, and song learning, providing support for a key prediction of the nutritional stress hypothesis.
The question of why listeners have evolved to respond to song in the contexts of female choice and male contest is examined, and ideas and evidence on the evolution of relationships betweensong and female choice, and between song and success in male contests are reviewed.
Bird song as a signal of aggressive intent
Although most aggressive signals contained little information on attack likelihood, as some models suggest should be the case, the unreliability of these signals was not caused by convergence of individuals on a single signaling strategy, as those models argue should occur.
Polygyny and Sexual Selection in Red-Winged Blackbirds
The authors show that females choose to mate polygynously because there is little cost to sharing male parental care in this species, and because females gain protection against nest predation by nesting near other females and will thus be forced to adapt to frequent female-female interactions.
Song repertoire and mate choice in birds
It is shown that female common grackles (Quiscalus quiscula) court preferentially for repertoires of four song types compared to equal numbers of repetitions of single song types.
Song repertoire size and female preferences in song sparrows
  • W. Searcy
  • Biology
    Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
  • 1 April 1984
It is concluded that repertoire size does not have an important influence on female choice of mates in song sparrows.