The ecology of vocal mimicry in the superb lyrebird, Menura novaehollandiae
The ability of some species of bird to accurately mimic the songs and calls of other species is one of the most spectacular but puzzling forms of animal communication. In this thesis I review existing work on evolution of avian vocal mimicry before presenting a detailed study of the ecology of mimicry in an oscine passerine: the superb lyrebird, Menura novaehollandiae. Few studies investigate avian vocal mimicry, and research has been hindered by conceptual confusion. However, adopting a...[Show more]
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