Communication networks and spatial ecology in nightingales

M. Naguib, H.P. Kunc, P. Sprau, T. Roth, V. Amrhein

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In most animals, communication plays a central role in a variety of contexts. In this chapter, we synthesize studies on vocal communication and spatial behavior in nightingales, Luscinia megarhynchos, with other research on songbirds to emphasize the need to integrate studies on communication with spatial and movement data to be able to understand communication in a dynamic social and communication network of individuals. By combing descriptive and experimental studies on singing, along with a communication network approach and studies on spatial behavior of males and females, the chapter takes a more ecological approach to animal communication which should be helpful to better understand the evolution and ecology of animal communication.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-271
JournalAdvances in the Study of Behavior
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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