The full course
outline, with details of the class schedule and the assignments, can be
found in the course outline here.
song is a model system for understanding the behaviour and ecology of
Research on bird song has yielded critically important insights into
selection, sexual selection, animal culture, learning, cognition,
and behaviour, and patterns of variation in space and time. In this
course, we will explore both the historical study of avian vocal
well as the most current research in this field. We will learn some
principles of behavioural ecology with a focus on animal communication,
as specific details of behavioural ecology as they relate to acoustic
in birds. Classes will involve lectures, student seminar presentations,
discussions of assigned readings. In the latter part of the course
will lead seminars and discussions, and write term papers on topics of
choice. There will be one short laboratory assignment, which is
encourage you to become familiar with the latest technology in bird
analysis, and one short critique assignment.
highly recommended textbook:
Song: Biological Themes and Variations” SECOND
EDITION By Clive Catchpole & Peter Slater (Cambridge
University Press). The first edition of this book, published in 1995,
important synthesis of the topic of acoustic communication in birds.
edition is now available . Advertised at $52.89 from amazon.ca. I
that students purchase this book.
textbook that we will refer to:
Music: The Science of Bird Song” edited by Peter Marler & Hans
Slabbekoorn (Elsevier). The book includes 14 chapters on 14 of the
topics, each chapter written by the expert in their sub-field of bird
research. The book comes with a CD that
contains audio examples of all songs discussed in the book. THERE
IS ONE COPY AVAILABLE IN THE MENNILL
LAB. Advertised at $87.82 from amazon.ca.
resources during the course, and are an excellent addition to the
anyone interested in the behavioural ecology and vocal communication in