Birds May Make Music, But They Lack Rhythm
Birdsong bears a striking resemblance to human music, but it’s not yet clear that birds interpret it that way.
Bats Sing Sort of Like Birds
Some bat vocalizations resemble bird songs, though at higher frequencies, and as researchers unveil the behaviors’ neural underpinnings, the similarities may run even deeper.
Researchers Study Rodent Songs They Can’t Hear
Mice and rats produce ultrasonic signals to attract mates.
Untangling the Social Webs in Frog Choruses
Frogs and other anurans call to attract mates, and individuals must strive for their voices to be heard in the crowd.
From Cricket Choruses to Drosophila Calls
A handful of insect species communicate using auditory signals—sounds that researchers have dubbed “song.”
The Mystery of Whale Song
Structured whale songs are shared by group members and evolve over time, but the calls’ functions are still unclear.
Fish Use a Variety of Sounds to Communicate
Many fish species click, grunt, growl, grumble, or hum—but is it music?
Neural Activity Reflects a Bird’s Perception of How Well It Sings
Zebra finches dial down dopamine signaling when they hear errors in a song performance.
Rhythm Arises from Random Beats in a “Telephone” Game
An experiment in which people pass each other initially nonrhythmic drumming sequences reveals the human affinity for musical patterns.