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Cricket's finicky mating behavior boosts biodiversity

... species of Laupala, pulse rates of male courtship songs range from .5 to 4.2 pulses per second. Female cri... the pulse rate of their own species and to reject songs sung at a different tempo. The Laupala mating ritual lasts up to eight hours and consists of eight ...

Birds brains reveal source of songs

...ons of the adult songs. Gradually, the youngsters' songs become less variable and more true to the old stan... it right more often and eventually sings only the songs of its elders. ...

Genetics links whale to two different ocean basins

...y and even culturally, in the form of the haunting songs that this species is well-known for," added Rosenbaum. "In particular, inter-oceanic migration data will help us to better evaluate the current international management procedures for humpback whales." ...

Bird song changes sound alarm over habitat fragmentation

...ng-matching. Ecologists recorded and analysed the songs of more than 200 Dupont's larks, Chersophilus dupo...s the 'whee-ur-wheeee'. To be considered as shared songs in this study, two sequences had to match at least 75% of their component notes and the matching por...

Pregnancy drugs can affect grandkids

...ng-matching. Ecologists recorded and analysed the songs of more than 200 Dupont's larks, Chersophilus dupo...s the 'whee-ur-wheeee'. To be considered as shared songs in this study, two sequences had to match at least 75% of their component notes and the matching por...

'Uniquely human' component of language found in gregarious birds

...to construct a total of 16 artificial songs. These songs followed two different grammars, or patterning rules. Eight songs followed the "finite-state" rule, the simplest sort, thought to account for all non-human communicat...

Warbling whales speak a language all their own

The songs of the humpback whale are among the most complex i...nits to build phrases that can be combined to form songs that last for hours. Until now, only humans have demonstrated the ability to use such a hierarchica...

Zebra finches remember songs dad sang

...ort that songbirds store the memory of caregivers' songs in a part of the brain involved in hearing. This s...fact, the young bird will remember and imitate the songs of songbirds from other species, provided they fall within a certain range. When offered a choice, h...

Female birds boost up their eggs when hearing sexy song

... The researchers played back attractive ("sexy") songs and less attractive control songs of male canaries to female domesticated canaries. When the females started egg-laying they varied th...

Singing for survival

...g areas. They said, "We are interested in gibbon songs because, apart from human speech, these vocalisati... has demonstrated that gibbons not only use unique songs as a response to predators, but that fellow gibbons understand them." "This work is a really good ...

For crickets, parasitic flies can stop the music

...y. Male crickets draw not only females with their songs but also parasitic flies. The uninvited guests the...l females in cages, then played recordings of male songs and observed their reactions. Paralleling the result with the males, more of the spring females appr...

Cities change the songs of birds

By studying the songs of a bird species that has succeeded in adapting t...Biology. In the new work, the researchers studied songs of the great tit (Parus major), a successful urban-dwelling species, in the center of ten major Euro...

With fruit fly sex, researchers find mind-body connection

...ies of the gene were more likely to listen to love songs and to copulate. Interestingly, reducing the activity of doublesex or retained also allowed females to court like males, even though they lack the male-behavior-inducing activity of fruitless. By manipulating fruitless and retained in other experi...

Eavesdropping comes naturally to young song sparrows

...rst evidence that young birds choose many of their songs by eavesdropping on the tuneful interactions betwe..., the young birds acquired more than twice as many songs from the tutor on which they eavesdropped, said Michael Beecher, lead author of the study and a UW p...

ASU research shows connection between testosterone, dietary antioxidants and bird coloration

...eps sexual signals like bright colors or elaborate songs ‘honest,’ or why all individuals cannot produce them ad nausea and try to get mates,” said McGraw. “The reason typically is that long tails and fancy dances incur costs. Testosterone, for example, has been thought of as a double-edged sword as it rel...

Art and music for the birds

...s of the interactive exhibit receive a schedule of songs emitting from each station, which will repeat approximately five songs each. Birds can tune in to classics like Vivaldi’s “Concert in D Major,” Miles Davis’s “Blue and G...

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