[Tweeters] Inbred Songbirds Cannot Carry A Tune

Devorah the Ornithologist birdologist at gmail.com
Wed Jul 27 08:02:40 PDT 2016


Hi everyone,

a sweet little paper was published today in Proc Roy Society B, that finds
that a male canary's inbreeding status can be detected in its songs -- not
only can we see these song differences, but female canaries can hear them
and choose a mate accordingly:

Inbred Songbirds Cannot Carry A Tune
http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2016/07/27/inbred-canaries-cannot-carry-a-tune/

ok, this is interesting,, but it does, in my opinion, provide a strong
argument in support of placing more weight on "minor" song differences for
identifying new species, especially cryptic species. anywho, some food for
thought!

cheers,

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