Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs
Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs
As shelter-in-place orders quieted the city of San Francisco, its sparrow population developed softer, sexier songs.
Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs
Pandemic Shutdown Altered Bay Area Birdsongs

As shelter-in-place orders quieted the city of San Francisco, its sparrow population developed softer, sexier songs.

As shelter-in-place orders quieted the city of San Francisco, its sparrow population developed softer, sexier songs.

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Mark Konishi, Pioneer of Studying Behavior’s Neural Basis, Dies
Ashley Yeager | Aug 14, 2020 | 4 min read
The Caltech scientist was revered for his work on the neurobiology of birdsong and owls’ ability to home in on their prey.
How Squirrels Use Bird Chatter to Assess Safety
Shawna Williams | Jun 1, 2020 | 5 min read
An undergraduate research project finds the animals are tuned in to reassuring information from other species.
Smells of Nature Lower Physiological Stress
Ashley Yeager | Jan 2, 2020 | 4 min read
In a virtual reality experiment, participants recovered faster from a small electric shock when they could smell natural scents than when they could smell urban odors.
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Browsing Deer Affect How A Forest Sounds
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2019 | 3 min read
Changes in the auditory environment as a result of herbivory could influence how animals communicate, and may have implications for sound-based monitoring of species.
Robotic Birds Help Decode Avian Deception
Shawna Williams | Dec 1, 2017 | 4 min read
Magpie-larks trick rivals with solo “duets” to defend territory.
Australian Magpie-Lark Duet
The Scientist Staff | Nov 30, 2017 | 1 min read
The birds sing together to help defend their territory.
Consilience, Episode 2: In Tune
Ben Andrew Henry | Mar 21, 2017 | 5+ min read
Ben Henry delves into the still-unanswered questions of where our musical preferences come from and what makes synesthetes tick.
Singing In the Brain
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 1, 2017 | 5+ min read
His first love was dance, but Erich Jarvis has long courted another love—understanding how the brain learns vocalization.
Bird Brains Have Numerous Neurons
Tanya Lewis | Jun 14, 2016 | 1 min read
Many avian species have more neurons than do mammals with similar-mass brains.
Genome Digest
Jenny Rood | Apr 16, 2015 | 5+ min read
What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes
Behavior Brief
Jenny Rood | Mar 9, 2015 | 5 min read
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Birdsong Breakdown
Tracy Vence | Nov 4, 2014 | 1 min read
The hermit thrush favors harmonies like those in human music.
Leader in Birdsong Research Dies
Kerry Grens | Oct 29, 2014 | 2 min read
Allison Doupe, a neuroscientist known for her work exploring the neural mechanisms of learning, has passed away.
Prominent Animal Behaviorist Dies
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 29, 2014 | 2 min read
Peter Marler, best known for his groundbreaking work on bird song, has passed away at age 86.