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Studying the silent side of birdsong
© Cardoso; licensee BioMed Central 2014
- Received: 3 July 2014
- Accepted: 25 July 2014
- Published: 6 August 2014
The quality of complex communication signals, such as birdsong, is difficult to assess and compare across individuals or species. A new study on skylark song avoids the problem of signal complexity by assessing motor performance during the silent gaps of songs. This provides a metric of song quality applicable to species with very diverse songs, which facilitates novel types of analyses and comparisons in avian bioacoustics.
See research article: http://0-www.biomedcentral.com.brum.beds.ac.uk/1741-7007/12/58.
- Vocal Tract
- Syllable Repetition
- Song Quality
- Song Trait
- Vocal Deviation
GCC was supported by fellowship SFRH/BPD/46873/2008 from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.
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