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Songbirds Tune their Vocal Tract to the Fundamental Frequency of their Song

Riede, T; Suthers, Roderick A; Fletcher, Neville H; Blevins, William E


In human speech, the sound generated by the larynx is modified by articulatory movements of the upper vocal tract, which acts as a variable resonant filter concentrating energy near particular frequencies, or formants, essential in speech recognition. Despite its potential importance in vocal communication, little is known about the presence of tunable vocal tract filters in other vertebrates. The tonal quality of much birdsong, in which upper harmonics have relatively little energy, depends on...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.0601262103


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