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Auk Editor Pick - Penguins’ Calls Are Influenced by Their Habitat


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#1 rdeatsman

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Posted 02 November 2017 - 09:30 AM

Birds use vocalizations to attract mates, defend territories, and recognize fellow members of their species. But while we know a lot about how variations in vocalizations play out between populations of songbirds, it’s far less clear how this variation affects birds such as penguins in which calls are inherited. A new study from The Auk: Ornithological Advances examines differences in the calls of Little Penguins from four colonies in Australia—nocturnal birds for whom vocalizations are more important that visual signals—and finds that disparities in habitat, rather than geographic isolation or other factors, seem to be the key driver of variation in the sounds these birds use to communicate. Read the press release at https://americanorni...-their-habitat/.






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