Acoustic Communication in Birds

Acoustic Communication in Birds

Song Learning & Its Consequences

1st Edition - March 28, 1983

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  • Author: Kroodsma
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080924175

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Acoustic Communication in Birds, Volume 2: Song Learning and Its Consequences investigates acoustic communication in birds, with emphasis on song learning and its consequences. Some issues in the study of bird sounds are discussed, with particular reference to evolutionary considerations. The ontogeny of acoustic behavior in birds is also considered, along with sound production, neural control of song, and auditory perception. Comprised of nine chapters, this volume begins with an introduction to the nature, extent, and evolution of vocal learning in birds. Several well-documented examples in which vocal development appears to proceed independently of audition (and therefore independently of vocal learning) are presented, together with aspects of selective vocal learning; the timing of vocal learning; and selective forces that may have promoted the evolution of vocal learning in birds. Subsequent chapters explore the role of subsong and plastic song in the vocal learning process; the function and evolution of avian vocal mimicry; the ecological and social significance of duetting in birds; and microgeographic and macrogeographic variation in the acquired vocalizations of birds. The book also examines genetic population structure and vocal dialects in Zonotrichia (Emberizidae). This monograph will be of interest to ornithologists, evolutionary biologists, and zoologists, as well as to students of communication and bioacoustics.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors



    Note on Taxonomy


    1 Learning and the Ontogeny of Sound Signals in Birds

    I. Introduction

    II. Vocal Development That Is Independent of Audition

    III. World Survey of Vocal Learning in Birds

    IV. What Is Actually Learned?

    V. Timing of Vocal Learning

    VI. Concluding Remarks


    2 Subsong and Plastic Song: Their Role in the Vocal Learning Process

    I. Introduction

    II. Subsong of the Song Sparrow

    III. Subsong and Plastic Song in the Chaffinch

    IV. Song Ontogeny in the Swamp Sparrow

    V. When Do the Characteristics of Crystallized Song First Appear?

    VI. Learning to Sing from Memory

    VII. The Role of Improvisation

    VIII. The Role of Invention

    IX. Conclusions on the Functional Significance of Subsong and Plastic Song


    3 Avian Vocal Mimicry: Its Function and Evolution

    I. Introduction

    II. Some Conceptual Issues

    III. A Survey of Mimics

    IV. Possible Functions of Vocal Mimicry

    V. The Evolution of Vocal Mimicry

    VI. Conclusion


    4 The Ecological and Social Significance of Duetting

    I. Introduction

    II. What Is a Duet?

    III. What Are Duetting Species Like?

    IV. Functional Significance of Duetting

    V. Multiple Functions of Duets and Duet Structure

    VI. Conclusions


    5 Song Repertoires: Problems in Their Definition and Use

    I. Introduction

    II. Repertoire Size

    III. Organization and Use of Song-Type Repertoires

    IV. Concluding Remarks


    6 Microgeographic and Macrogeographic Variation in Acquired Vocalizations of Birds

    I. Introduction

    II. Microgeographic Variation

    III. Macrogeographic Variation

    IV. Discussion


    7 Genetic Population Structure and Vocal Dialects in Zonotrichia (Emberizidae)

    I. Introduction

    II. Population Genetic Consequences of Nonrandom Mating

    III. F Statistics and Population Models

    IV. Hypothesis Testing in Song Dialects Research

    V. The Search for Structure Within Dialect Populations

    VI. Dialects and Area Effects


    8 Individual Recognition by Sound in Birds

    I. Introduction

    II. Methods

    III. Recognition Between Mates

    IV. Recognition Between Parents and Young

    V. Recognition of Neighbors

    VI. General Discussion


    9 Conceptual Issues in the Study of Communication

    I. Introduction

    II. Description

    III. Motivation and Reference

    IV. Function and Consequence

    V. Endowment and Development

    VI. Evolutionary Derivation

    VII. Animal Communication and Human Language

    VIII. Summary


    10 Appendix: A World Survey of Evidence for Vocal Learning in Birds



    Taxonomic Index

    Subject Index

    Contents of Volume 1

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  • No. of pages: 392
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1983
  • Published: March 28, 1983
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080924175

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