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The Caterpillar that Cries Wolf
Mary Bates | Sep 22, 2017
In a case of acoustic deception, caterpillars mimic bird alarm calls to defend themselves.
Flycatchers’ Song Preference Linked to Genes
Diana Kwon | Jun 14, 2017
The birds learn the songs of their conspecifics even when raised by another species.
From Smugglers to Scientists: New Dino Species Described
Erin Hare | May 9, 2017
The infamous "Baby Louie" embryo is a giant oviraptorosaur fossil from China that resembled a gargantuan bird.
Consilience, Episode 2: In Tune
Ben Andrew Henry | Mar 21, 2017
Ben Henry delves into the still-unanswered questions of where our musical preferences come from and what makes synesthetes tick.
Opinion: Birds of a Feather?
Geoffrey E. Hill | Mar 10, 2017
Taking into account the interaction of nuclear and mitochondrial genes in birds holds the promise of more objectively defining what constitutes a species.
Birds Possess an Innate Vocal Signature Based on Silent Gaps
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2017
Zebra finches reared by another species learn to sing their foster parents’ song with rhythms characteristic of their genetic background.
Neural Activity Reflects a Bird’s Perception of How Well It Sings
Catherine Offord | Mar 1, 2017
Zebra finches dial down dopamine signaling when they hear errors in a song performance.
Song Around the Animal Kingdom
Staff | Mar 1, 2017
Diverse species are said to sing, but music is in the ear of the beholder.
Birds May Make Music, But They Lack Rhythm
Jenny Rood | Mar 1, 2017
Birdsong bears a striking resemblance to human music, but it’s not yet clear that birds interpret it that way.
Tune Into the Animal Kingdom
Staff | Feb 28, 2017
A survey of sounds from birds to whales to fruit flies to fish