Vocal mimicry in songbirds

@article{Kelley2008VocalMI,
  title={Vocal mimicry in songbirds},
  author={L. A. Kelley and R. L. Coe and J. Madden and S. Healy},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2008},
  volume={76},
  pages={521-528}
}
Baylis (1982, Acoustic Communication in Birds, Academic Press) decried the serious lack of experimental verification for the various hypotheses proposed to explain vocal mimicry in songbirds. With few exceptions, our understanding of the function and acquisition of this fascinating behaviour seems to have scarcely progressed. We examine the proposed functional explanations and supporting evidence, and summarize advances made since Baylis's (1982) review. We conclude that there is no compelling… Expand
Mockingbirds imitate frogs and toads across North America
TLDR
The results showed that mockingbirds imitated at least 12 anuran species, and calls were disproportionately mimicked when they contained dominant frequencies within the vocal range of the mockingbird (750-7000 Hz). Expand
Evolutionary origins of vocal mimicry in songbirds
TLDR
The evolutionary history of vocal mimicry across the avian phylogeny is traced using ancestral trait reconstruction on a dataset of oscine passerines, finding that the common ancestor to oscines was unlikely to mimic sounds, suggesting that song learning evolved with mechanisms to constrain learning to conspecific models. Expand
The mimetic repertoire of the spotted bowerbird Ptilonorhynchus maculatus
TLDR
It is suggested that enhanced learning capability during acute stress may explain vocal mimicry in many species that mimic sounds associated with alarm, and that it may be the alarming context in which these sounds are first heard that may lead both to their acquisition and to their later reproduction. Expand
Avian vocal mimicry: a unified conceptual framework
TLDR
A more central role is revealed for vocal mimicry in the behavioural ecology of birds than has previously been appreciated and a modified version of Vane‐Wright's (1980) widely used definition of mimicry is proposed. Expand
Jack of All Calls and Master of Few: Vocal Mimicry in the Tawny Lark (Galerida Deva)
TLDR
A detailed account of the variety of mimetic sounds produced by the Tawny Lark is provided and acoustic and peer-based analyses that gauge the accuracy of the mimicry are described. Expand
Vocal mimicry in the song of Icterine warblers (Hippolais icterina): possible functions and sources of variability
TLDR
The results suggest that Icterine warbler males largely reflect the surrounding acoustic environment in their song, but simultaneously selectively include vocalisations that are similar to their own song as a result of physiological constraints. Expand
How is model selection determined in a vocal mimic?: Tests of five hypotheses
TLDR
This observational study of free-living northern mockingbirds suggests a potential non-adaptive explanation for the evolution of vocal mimicry because species that learn vocalisations are already predisposed toward learning sounds with key acoustic characteristics. Expand
Vocal mimicry in male bowerbirds: who learns from whom?
TLDR
It is suggested that the bowerbirds are learning their mimetic repertoire from heterospecifics and not from each other, as opposed to the other way around. Expand
Bilingual vocalization in a Neotropical warbler
Most birds, including songbirds, produce distinct, species-specific songs and calls. Here, I report on an individual bird of the Neotropical warbler genus Myiothlypis that produced vocalizationsExpand
Mimetic song in superb lyrebirds: species mimicked and mimetic accuracy in different populations and age classes
TLDR
Together, these findings are consistent with a female choice hypothesis where females prefer males that mimic more accurately and have a greater diversity of mimetic items, but experimental verification is needed. Expand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 71 REFERENCES
Vocal Mimicry in Starlings
TLDR
The understanding of vocal mimicry is probably not distinct from the understanding of the rest of the song, and explanations which involve the deceit of other birds are rejected. Expand
The functional significance of vocal mimicry in song
TLDR
It is tentatively concluded that there is no additional functional explanation of starling vocal mimicry. Expand
Motor mechanisms of a vocal mimic: implications for birdsong production
  • S. Zollinger, R. Suthers
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
  • 2004
TLDR
It is shown that when a vocal mimic, the northern mockingbird, accurately copies the song of another species it also uses the vocal motor pattern employed by the model species, suggesting that species–specific acoustic features of the model seem most difficult to copy. Expand
Interspecific mimicry in birdsong: Does the Beau Geste hypothesis apply?
TLDR
The question of whether or not repertoires contain similar songs is a difficult one because what sounds similar to us may not sound similar to the bird and the only way to tackle the problem is to find out experimentally how birds classify song types. Expand
Functional aspects of song learning in songbirds.
TLDR
It is argued that further insights into the evolution and ecology of song learning will require that comparative data and functional hypotheses be analyzed in a phylogenetic context, and it is reviewed recent studies that might be the first steps in this process. Expand
Imitating the neighbours: vocal dialect matching in a mimic–model system
TLDR
It is shown that each population of lyrebirds faithfully reproduces the song of the local population of bowerbirds, providing the first quantitative evidence for dialect matching in the songs of two species that have no direct ecological relationship. Expand
Vocal mimicry in African Cossypha robin chats
TLDR
The results were consistent with Hartshorne's prediction that song versatility increases with song duration, and it appears that bird species with simple calls have a greater probability of being mimicked. Expand
The significance of song repertoires: The Beau Geste hypothesis
Abstract I briefly discuss the major current hypotheses which have been put forward to explain the apparently redundant song repertoires of many oscine birds: individual recognition; sexualExpand
Context-dependent vocal mimicry in a passerine bird
How do birds select the sounds they mimic, and in what contexts do they use vocal mimicry? Some birds show a preference for mimicking other species' alarm notes, especially in situations when theyExpand
Vocal Mimicry and Interspecific Aggression in Songbirds: Experiments Using White-Crowned Sparrow Imitation of Song Sparrow Song
TLDR
In two out of three measures of response, the males did not discriminate between model and mimic song, and most males showed no response to control white-crowned sparrow song, although two individuals showed a strong interspecific response. Expand
...
1
2
3
4
5
...