Acoustic Communication in Birds

1st Edition

Production, Perception and Design Features of Sounds

Authors: Kroodsma
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124268012
eBook ISBN: 9780080924168
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th March 1983
Page Count: 360
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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


Foreword


Preface


Note on Taxonomy


Introduction


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


References


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


References


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


References


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


References


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-

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No. of pages:
360
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1983
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080924168
Hardcover ISBN:
9780124268012

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