Vocal Communication in Birds and Mammals

Vocal Communication in Birds and Mammals

1st Edition - August 6, 2009

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  • Editors: Marc Naguib, Vincent Janik, Nicola Clayton, Klaus Zuberbuhler
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080922669

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Advances in the Study of Behavior was initiated over 40 years ago to serve the increasing number of scientists engaged in the study of animal behavior. That number is still expanding. This thematic volume, Vocal Communication in Birds and Mammals, makes another important "contribution to the development of the field" by presenting theoretical ideas and research to those studying animal behavior and to their colleagues in neighboring fields. 


Graduate students and researchers who study animal behavior (ecologists, evolutionary biologists, geneticists, endocrinologists, pharmacologists, neurobiologists, developmental psychobiologists, ethologists, comparative psychologists).

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction by the editors
    2. Environmental acoustics and the evolution of communication (Dr. Henrik Brumm & Prof. Dr. Marc Naguib)
    3. The evolution of song in songbirds (Dr. Diego Gil)
    4. Vocal duetting in birds (Dr. Michelle L Hall)
    5. Form and function of vocal communication in delphinids (Dr. Vincent M. Janik)
    6. Individually distinctive vocalizations: applying vocal communication (Dr. Peter K. McGregor)
    7. Proximate constraints on avian vocal evolution (Dr. Jeff Podos)
    8. Beauty is in the ear of the beholder: developmental causes of variation in female song preferences (Dr. Katharina Riebel)
    9. Communication in social learning in primates (Prof. Charles Snowdon)
    10. Vocal learning and vocal development in cetaceans (Dr. Peter Tyack)
    11. Use and function of alarm calls in birds and primates (Prof. Dr. Klaus Zuberbühler)

Product details

  • No. of pages: 350
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2009
  • Published: August 6, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080922669

About the Editors

Marc Naguib

Marc Naguib
Marc Naguib is professor in Behavioural Ecology at the Animal Sciences Department of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He studied biology at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany and received his PhD (1995) at UNC Chapel Hill, NC in the US. After his PhD held positions at the Freie Universitaet Berlin (1995-1999) and Bielefeld University (2000-2007) in Germany, and at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (2008-2011), until he was appointed in 2011 as Chair of the Behavioural Ecology Group at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He is specialized in vocal communication, social behaviour, animal personality and the effects of conditions experienced during early development on behaviour and life history traits, mainly using song birds as model. His research group is also involved in animal welfare research using farm animals. He has served for many years on the council of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) and of the Ethologische Gesellschaft. He published > 80 scientific publications and has been Editor for Advances in the Study of Behaviour since 2003. Since 2014 he is Executive Editor.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Behavioural Ecology Group, Department of Animal Sciences Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Vincent Janik

Nicola Clayton

Klaus Zuberbuhler

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