Acoustic Communication in Birds

Acoustic Communication in Birds

Production, Perception and Design Features of Sounds

1st Edition - March 28, 1983

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  • Author: Kroodsma
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Acoustic Communication in Birds, Volume 1: Production, Perception, and Design Features of Sounds presents the scientific study of bird vocalizations. This book discusses the relations between the physical structure of bird vocalization and their quality as perceived by the recipient. Organized into nine chapters, this volume begins with an overview of the first sound recording of bird sound. This text then outlines some of the complex processes and events between sound production and behavior response to sound. Other chapters consider the study of neural control of vocalizations in birds. This book discusses as well the acoustic information transmitted through the wide range of habitats plays a crucial role in different avian behaviors, including individual and species recognition, territorial defense, mate selection, and song learning. The final chapter deals with a more detailed functional interpretation of a particular sound. This book is a valuable resource for ornithologists, ethologists, and research workers.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors



    Note on Taxonomy


    1 Factors to Consider in Recording Avian Sounds

    I. Introduction

    II. Terminology

    III. Microphones

    IV. The Tape Recorder

    V. The Magnetic Tape

    VI. Signal Monitoring and Modification

    VII. The Recording System


    2 The Structural Basis of Voice Production and Its Relationship to Sound Characteristics

    I. Introduction

    II. The Syrinx

    III. Innervation and Control of the Syringeal Muscles

    IV. Respiratory Mechanics and Sound Production

    V. Energy Coupling between Airstream and Syringeal Membranes

    VI. Energy Content of Song

    VII. Sound Modulations

    VIII. Tracheal Resonance

    IX. Modulations Produced by the Syrinx and Respiratory Muscles

    X. Unsolved Problems


    3 Neural Control of Passerine Song

    I. Introduction

    II. Recent Origins of the Study of the Neural Basis of Song

    III. Current Status of Theoretical Issues on Neural Control of Song


    4 Auditory Perception in Birds

    I. Introduction

    II. Basic Auditory Processes in Birds

    III. Sensitivity to Changes in an Acoustic Signal

    IV. Hearing in Noise

    V. Hearing and Vocalizations

    VI. Conclusion


    5 Adaptations for Acoustic Communication in Birds: Sound Transmission and Signal Detection

    I. Introduction

    II. Information Transfer in Communication

    III. Frequency-Dependent Attenuation

    IV. Degradation of Acoustic Signals

    V. Stratified Environments

    VI. Other Considerations in Long-Range Communication

    VII. Estimating a Signaler's Location

    VIII. Short-Range Communication

    IX. Detection and Recognition: Optimizing the Receiver's Performance

    X. Conclusions


    6 Grading, Discreteness, Redundancy, and Motivation-Structural Rules

    I. Introduction

    II. The Motivation-Structural Rules Model

    III. Grading, Discreteness, and Redundancy

    IV. Summary Remarks


    7 The Coding of Species-Specific Characteristics in Bird Sounds

    I. Introduction

    II. Species-Specific Parameters

    III. Population-Specific Characteristics

    IV. Interspecific Discrimination

    V. Conflicts with the Coding of Other Information

    VI. The Programming of Species Specificity


    8 Character and Variance Shift in Acoustic Signals of Birds

    I. Introduction

    II. Evolutionary Origins of Species Specificity

    III. Concluding Comments


    9 The Evolution of Bird Sounds in Relation to Mating and Spacing Behavior

    I. Introduction

    II. Contextual Correlations

    III. Correlations with Different Mating and Spacing Systems

    IV. Direct Effects on Males and Females

    V. Sexual Selection and Bird Sounds


    Taxonomic Index

    Subject Index

    Contents of Volume 2

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  • No. of pages: 360
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: March 28, 1983
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080924168

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