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




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-


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