Scientists Remind Their Peers: Female Birds Sing, Too

While we are working on processing hundreds of images in the coming days, many of which are for future posting, we thought we would pass on this animal interest story. As the weather warms here in North America with the coming Spring, we expect to hear more birds singing.

Auk & Condor Updates

800px-Northern_Cardinal_Female-27527 Northern Cardinals are among the familiar North American bird species in which females sing in addition to males.

When North American ornithologists hear a bird singing, they’re likely to assume it’s a male. But in many species, the females sing too—and a new commentary in The Auk: Ornithological Advances argues that a better understanding of these unappreciated female songs could lead to advances in many aspects of bird biology.

Authors Karan Odom of Cornell University and Lauryn Benedict of the University of Northern Colorado both discovered the world of female birdsong through their own research. “I started studying California towhees 17 years ago, and I was fascinated by the duet vocalization given by females and males,” says Benedict. “That led me to start looking for female song in other North American bird species, and I was surprised to learn that it was much more common than I expected. The reports…

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