Ecology Shapes Birdsong Evolution: Variation in Morphology and Habitat Explains Variation in White‐Crowned Sparrow Song

@article{Derryberry2009EcologySB,
  title={Ecology Shapes Birdsong Evolution: Variation in Morphology and Habitat Explains Variation in White‐Crowned Sparrow Song},
  author={Elizabeth Perrault Derryberry},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={2009},
  volume={174},
  pages={24 - 33}
}
  • E. Derryberry
  • Published 2009
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The American Naturalist
Ecological variation appears to underlie the evolution of mating signals in many taxa, yet understanding of how this process occurs over time is limited. Here, I investigate whether changes over time in a well‐studied mating signal—birdsong—are attributable to ecological factors that affect signal production and transmission. Variation in the acoustic properties of songs is thought to be affected by the mechanics of sound production as well as by features of the habitat that affect sound… Expand

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