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Female song is widespread and ancestral in songbirds

Odom, Karan J.; Hall, Michelle; Riebel, Katharina; Omland, Kevin E.; Langmore, Naomi

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Bird song has historically been considered an almost exclusively male trait, an observation fundamental to the formulation of Darwin's theory of sexual selection. Like other male ornaments, song is used by male songbirds to attract females and compete with rivals. Thus, bird song has become a textbook example of the power of sexual selection to lead to extreme neurological and behavioural sex differences. Here we present an extensive survey and ancestral state reconstruction of female song...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/66377
Source: Nature Communications
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4379

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