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Is Innovation in Bird Song Adaptive?

Peter J. B. Slater and Robert F. Lachlan

in Animal Innovation

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780198526223
eISBN:
9780191689406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526223.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter reveals bird song as the classic case where individual animals learn their behaviour from others, usually young birds from adults, so that particular songs are passed on from one ... More


“Never Again Would Birds’ Song Be the Same”

Cary Wolfe

in Ecological Poetics; or, Wallace Stevens's Birds

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780226687834
eISBN:
9780226688022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226688022.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Many of Stevens’s most important poems feature birds, and specifically the phenomenon of the poet hearing birds’ songs. The bird/bard tradition is, of course, a long one in the poetic canon. Both ... More


The Evolution of Flexibility in Bird Song

Robert F. Lachlan

in Evolution of Communicative Flexibility: Complexity, Creativity, and Adaptability in Human and Animal Communication

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262151214
eISBN:
9780262281027
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262151214.003.0014
Subject:
Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

This chapter, which is concerned with bird song, addresses the versatility of sounds that can be learned, learning accuracy, and functional flexibility of vocalizations in a variety of species. The ... More


Acoustic communication in the urban environment: patterns, mechanisms, and potential consequences of avian song adjustments

Diego Gil and Henrik Brumm

in Avian Urban Ecology

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199661572
eISBN:
9780191810176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199661572.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

One consequence of urbanization is the massive level of anthropogenic noise that animals have to cope with. Because birds use acoustic signals to communicate vital information, the masking of their ... More


Reproduction

Graham Scott

in Essential Ornithology

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198804741
eISBN:
9780191843037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804741.003.0005
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology, Ornithology

In this chapter the diverse mating systems exhibited by birds are described and explained. The chapter begins with a discussion of anisogamy and resulting behavioural differences exhibited by male ... More


The Hour (or Two) before the Dawn

Donald Kroodsma

in When Birds Are Near: Dispatches from Contemporary Writers

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501750915
eISBN:
9781501750939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501750915.003.0019
Subject:
Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter details the author's experience listening to birds an hour or two before the dawn during a cross-country ride. As the author crossed the Big Hole River, a lone marsh wren sang lazily. It ... More


Meditations for the Birds: Descartes

David Wills

in Inanimation: Theories of Inorganic Life

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816698820
eISBN:
9781452954301
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816698820.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, General

My final chapter returns to Descartes and to his obsession with automated animal life, and meditates on the status of a bird song, its repetitions and variations, its territoriality, seduction or ... More


Acoustic, morphological, and genetic adaptations to urban habitats in the silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

Dominique A. Potvin, Raoul A. Mulder, and Kirsten M. Parris

in Avian Urban Ecology

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780199661572
eISBN:
9780191810176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199661572.003.0013
Subject:
Biology, Ecology

Silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis) are native Australian birds that thrive in both cities and rural areas. Their diverse repertoire of songs and calls overlap with the frequency range of urban noise. ... More


Coda: Certain Trees

Ross Hair

in Avant-Folk: Small Press Poetry Networks from 1950 to the Present

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781781383292
eISBN:
9781786944078
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781383292.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

‘Certain Trees’ concludes Avant-Folk by reflecting on the socio-creative implications of distribution within the small press networks examined in the previous chapters. Returning to Lorine Niedecker, ... More


Muddying Clear Waters: Carolyn Rodgers’s Black Art

Carmen L. Phelps

in Visionary Women Writers of Chicago's Black Arts Movement

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036804
eISBN:
9781621039174
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036804.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter discusses Carolyn Rodgers’s poetic works in her poetry collections, including Paper Soul (1968) and Songs of a Black Bird (1969). It explains that Rodgers’ poetry showed that the concept ... More


Geographic Variation in Sexual Behavior: Sex, Signals, and Speciation

Paul A. Verrell

in Geographic Variation in Behavior: Perspectives on Evolutionary Mechanisms

Published in print:
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195082951
eISBN:
9780197560440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195082951.003.0016
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Environmental Geography

The chapters in this volume share the theme that our understanding of pattern, process, and consequence in the study of behavioral evolution can be advanced by examining differences among ... More


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