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Studying the silent side of birdsong

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The quality of complex communication signals, such as birdsong, is difficult to assess and compare across individuals or species. A new study on skylark song avoids the problem of signal complexity by assessing motor performance during the silent gaps of songs. This provides a metric of song quality applicable to species with very diverse songs, which facilitates novel types of analyses and comparisons in avian bioacoustics.

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Cardoso, G. C. (2014). Studying the silent side of birdsong. BMC Biology, 12(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12915-014-0062-8

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