Urban noise and the cultural evolution of bird songs.

@article{Luther2010UrbanNA,
  title={Urban noise and the cultural evolution of bird songs.},
  author={David C Luther and Lu{\'i}s Baptista},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2010},
  volume={277 1680},
  pages={469-73}
}
In urban environments, anthropogenic noise can interfere with animal communication. Here we study the influence of urban noise on the cultural evolution of bird songs. We studied three adjacent dialects of white-crowned sparrow songs over a 30-year time span. Urban noise, which is louder at low frequencies, increased during our study period and therefore should have created a selection pressure for songs with higher frequencies. We found that the minimum frequency of songs increased both within… CONTINUE READING

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