Gall Lab publishes in Functional Ecology

Our new paper on the on how song frequency, song structure and habitat affect auditory frequency sensitivity in nine species of new world sparrows is out in Functional Ecology. We had predicted that song frequency and habitat would be the driving forces in determining high frequency sensitivity. We were very surprised to find that it wasn’t song frequency or habitat that predicted sensitivity, but the structure of the song! Species with more complex songs had greater high frequency sensitivity than species with simple tonal or trilled songs. We are currently working on a video highlighting our findings.

Check out this video about our work:

You can read the full article here:

Velez, A., Gall, M.D., Fu, J. and Lucas, J.R. 2014. Song structure, not high-frequency song content, determines high-frequency auditory sensitivity in nine species of New World sparrows (Passeriformes: Emberizidae). Functional Ecology,  doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12352.


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1 Response to Gall Lab publishes in Functional Ecology

  1. Ismi says:

    wow, there’s a lot birds here 😀

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