Animal communication and noise

Avian Urban Ecology

Our five most-cited publications

1.
Henrik Brumm & Hans Slabbekoorn
Acoustic communication in noise
2.
Henrik Brumm
The impact of environmental noise on song amplitude in a territorial bird
3.
Henrik Brumm, Katrin Voss, Ireen Köllmer & Dietmar Todt
Acoustic communication in noise: regulation of call characteristics in a New World monkey
4.
Henrik Brumm & Dietmar Todt
Noise-dependent song amplitude regulation in a territorial songbird
5.
Erwin Nemeth & Henrik Brumm
Blackbirds sing higher-pitched songs in cities: adaptation to habitat acoustics or side-effect of urbanization?

Special feature

Do songs act as reproductive barriers? Are there striking differences in songs, morphology and genetics between the two remnant populations of the mangrove finch? Is there speciation going on in one of the rarest birds of the world?

Evolutionary dead end in the Galápagos: divergence of sexual signals in the rarest of Darwin's finches

Do songs act as reproductive barriers? Are there striking differences in songs, morphology and genetics between the two remnant populations of the mangrove finch? Is there speciation going on in one of the rarest birds of the world? [more]

Cover story

Phenotypic plasticity of gecko calls reveals the complex communication of lizards

Vocal plasticity in a reptile

Phenotypic plasticity of gecko calls reveals the complex communication of lizards

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Publications of the Group

Journal Article (48)

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    Brumm, H.; Goymann, W.: On the natural history of duetting in White-browed Coucals: Sex- and body-size-dependent differences in a collective vocal display. Journal of Ornithology 158 (3), pp. 669 - 678 (2017)
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    Brumm, H.; Zollinger, S. A.: Vocal plasticity in a reptile. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284 (1855), 20170451 (2017)
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    Brumm, H.; Zollinger, S. A.; Niemelä, P. T.; Sprau, P.: Measurement artefacts lead to false positives in the study of birdsong in noise. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 8 (11), pp. 1617 - 1625 (2017)
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    Dorado-Correa, A. M.; Zollinger, S. A.; Brumm, H.: Vocal plasticity in mallards: Multiple signal changes in noise and the evolution of the Lombard effect in birds. Journal of Avian Biology (2017)
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    Hardman, S. I.; Zollinger, S. A.; Koselj, K.; Leitner, S.; Marshall, R. C.; Brumm, H.: Lombard effect onset times reveal the speed of vocal plasticity in a songbird. The Journal of Experimental Biology 220 (6), pp. 1065 - 1071 (2017)
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    Lawson, L. P.; Fessl, B.; Vargas, F. H.; Farrington, H. L.; Cunninghame, H. F.; Mueller, J. C.; Nemeth, E.; Sevilla, P. C.; Petren, K.: Slow motion extinction: Inbreeding, introgression, and loss in the critically endangered mangrove finch (Camarhynchus heliobates). Conservation Genetics 18 (1), pp. 159 - 170 (2017)
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    Zollinger, S. A.; Slater, P. J. B.; Nemeth, E.; Brumm, H.: Higher songs of city birds may not be an individual response to noise. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284 (1860), 20170602 (2017)
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    Brumm, H.; Bee, M.: A meta-analytic castle built on sand? A comment on Roca et al. Behavioral Ecology 27 (5), pp. 1277 - 1278 (2016)
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    Dominoni, D. M.; Greif, S.; Nemeth, E.; Brumm, H.: Airport noise predicts song timing of European birds. Ecology and Evolution 6 (17), pp. 6151 - 6159 (2016)
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    Dorado-Correa, A. M.; Rodríguez-Rocha, M.; Brumm, H.: Anthropogenic noise, but not artificial light levels predicts song behaviour in an equatorial bird. Royal Society Open Science 3, 160231 (2016)
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    Templeton, C. N.; Zollinger, S. A.; Brumm, H.: Traffic noise drowns out great tit alarm calls. Current Biology 26 (22), pp. R1173 - R1174 (2016)
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    Elemans, C.P.H.; Rasmussen, J.H.; Herbst, C.T.; Düring, D.N.; Zollinger, S. A.; Brumm, H.; Srivastava, K.; Svane, N.; Ding, M.; Larsen, O.N. et al.; Sober, S.J.; Švec, J.G.: Universal mechanisms of sound production and control in birds and mammals. Nature Communications 6, 8978 (2015)
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    Luo, J.; Goerlitz, H. R.; Brumm, H.; Wiegrebe, L.: Linking the sender to the receiver: Vocal adjustments by bats to maintain signal detection in noise. Scientific Reports 5, 18556 (2015)
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    Zollinger, S. A.; Brumm, H.: Why birds sing loud songs and why they sometimes don't. Animal Behaviour 105, pp. 289 - 295 (2015)
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    Brumm, H.: Fish struggle to be heard – but just how much fin waving is there? Behavioral Ecology 25 (5), pp. 1033 - 1034 (2014)
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    Sumasgutner, P.; Nemeth, E.; Tebb, G.; Krenn, H. W.; Gamauf, A.: Hard times in the city - Attractive nest sites but insufficient food supply lead to low reproduction rates in a bird of prey. Frontiers in Zoology 11, 48 (2014)
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    Doolittle, E.; Brumm, H.: O Canto do Uirapuru: Consonant intervals and patterns in the song of the musician wren. Journal of Interdisciplinary Music Studies 6, pp. 55 - 85 (2013)
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    Nemeth, E.; Pieretti, N.; Zollinger, S. A.; Geberzahn, N.; Partecke, J.; Miranda, A. C.; Brumm, H.: Bird song and anthropogenic noise: vocal constraints may explain why birds sing higher-frequency songs in cities. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 280 (1754), 20122798 (2013)
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    Brumm, H.: Biomusic and Popular Culture: The Use of Animal Sounds in the Music of the Beatles. Journal of Popular Music Studies 24 (1), pp. 25 - 38 (2012)
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    Brumm, H.; Teschke, I.: Juvenile Galapagos pelicans increase their foraging success by copying adult behaviour. PLoS One 7 (12), e51881 (2012)
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    Dvorak, M.; Fessl, B.; Nemeth, E.; Kleindorfer, S.; Tebbich, S.: Distribution and abundance of Darwin's finches and other land birds on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos: evidence for declining populations. Oryx 46 (1), pp. 78 - 86 (2012)
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    Nemeth, E.; Kempenaers, B.; Matessi, G.; Brumm, H.: Rock sparrow song reflects male age and reproductive success. PLoS One 7 (8), e43259 (2012)
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    Nemeth, E.; Zollinger, S. A.; Brumm, H.: Effect Sizes and the Integrative Understanding of Urban Bird Song (A Reply to Slabbekoorn et al.). American Naturalist 180 (1), pp. 146 - 152 (2012)
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    Ritschard, M.; Brumm, H.: Zebra finch song reflects current food availability. Evolutionary Ecology 26 (4), pp. 801 - 812 (2012)
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    Ritschard, M.; van Oers, K.; Naguib, M.; Brumm, H.: Song Amplitude of Rival Males Modulates the Territorial Behaviour of Great Tits During the Fertile Period of Their Mates. Ethology 118 (2), pp. 197 - 202 (2012)
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    Schuster, S.; Zollinger, S. A.; Lesku, J. A.; Brumm, H.: On the evolution of noise-dependent vocal plasticity in birds. Biology Letters 8 (6), pp. 913 - 916 (2012)
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    Zollinger, S. A.; Podos, J.; Nemeth, E.; Goller, F.; Brumm, H.: On the relationship between, and measurement of, amplitude and frequency in birdsong. Animal Behaviour 84 (4), pp. E1 - E9 (2012)
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    Brumm, H.; Ritschard, M.: Song amplitude affects territorial aggression of male receivers in chaffinches. Behavioral Ecology 22 (2), pp. 310 - 316 (2011)
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    Brumm, H.; Robertson, K. A.; Nemeth, E.: Singing direction as a tool to investigate the function of birdsong: an experiment on sedge warblers. Animal Behaviour 81 (3), pp. 653 - 659 (2011)
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    Brumm, H.; Zollinger, S. A.: The evolution of the Lombard effect: 100 years of psychoacoustic research. Behaviour 148 (11-13), pp. 1173 - 1198 (2011)
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    Ritschard, M.; Brumm, H.: Effects of vocal learning, phonetics and inheritance on song amplitude in zebra finches. Animal Behaviour 82 (6), pp. 1415 - 1422 (2011)
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    Ritschard, M.; Laucht, S.; Dale, J.; Brumm, H.: Enhanced testosterone levels affect singing motivation but not song structure and amplitude in Bengalese finches. Physiology & Behavior 102 (1), pp. 30 - 35 (2011)
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    Zollinger, S. A.; Brumm, H.: The Lombard effect. Current Biology 21 (16), pp. R614 - R615 (2011)
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    Zollinger, S. A.; Goller, F.; Brumm, H.: Metabolic and respiratory costs of increasing song amplitude in zebra finches. PLoS One 6 (9), e23198 (2011)
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    Brumm, H.; Farrington, H.; Petren, K.; Fessl, B.: Evolutionary dead end in the Galapagos: Divergence of sexual signals in the rarest of Darwin's finches. PLoS One 5 (6), e11191 (2010)
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    Nemeth, E.; Brumm, H.: Birds and Anthropogenic Noise: Are Urban Songs Adaptive? American Naturalist 176 (4), pp. 465 - 475 (2010)
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    Ritschard, M.; Riebel, K.; Brumm, H.: Female zebra finches prefer high-amplitude song. Animal Behaviour 79 (4), pp. 877 - 883 (2010)
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    Sprau, P.; Schmidt, R.; Roth, T.; Amrhein, V.; Naguib, M.: Effects of rapid broadband trills on responses to song overlapping in nightingales. Ethology 116 (4), pp. 300 - 308 (2010)
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    Brumm, H.: Song amplitude and body size in birds. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63 (8), pp. 1157 - 1165 (2009)
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    Brumm, H.; Lachlan, R. F.; Riebel, K.; Slater, P. J. B.: On the function of song type repertoires: testing the 'antiexhaustion hypothesis' in chaffinches. Animal Behaviour 77 (1), pp. 37 - 42 (2009)
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    Brumm, H.; Schmidt, R.; Schrader, L.: Noise-dependent vocal plasticity in domestic fowl. Animal Behaviour 78 (3), pp. 741 - 746 (2009)
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    Brumm, H.; Zollinger, S. A.; Slater, P. J. B.: Developmental stress affects song learning but not song complexity and vocal amplitude in zebra finches. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 63 (9), pp. 1387 - 1395 (2009)
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    Brumm, H.; Naguib, M.: Environmental acoustics and the evolution of bird song. Advances in the Study of Behavior, pp. 1 - 33 (2009)
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    Nemeth, E.; Brumm, H.: Blackbirds sing higher-pitched songs in cities: adaptation to habitat acoustics or side-effect of urbanization? Animal Behaviour 78 (3), pp. 637 - 641 (2009)
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    Roth, T.; Sprau, P.; Schmidt, R.; Naguib, M.; Amrhein, V.: Sex specific timing of mate searching and territory prospecting in the nightingale: nocturnal life of females. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 276 (1664), pp. 2045 - 2050 (2009)
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    Samarra, F. I. P.; Klappert, K.; Brumm, H.; Miller, P. J. O.: Background noise constrains communication: acoustic masking of courtship song in the fruit fly Drosophila montana. Behaviour 146 (12), pp. 1635 - 1648 (2009)
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    Naguib, M.; Schmidt, R.; Sprau, P.; Roth, T.; Floercke, C.; Amrhein, V.: The ecology of vocal signaling: Male spacing and communication distance of different song traits in nightingales. Behavioral Ecology 19 (5), pp. 1034 - 1040 (2008)
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    Brumm, H.; Slater, P. J. B.: Animal communication: timing counts. Current Biology 17 (13), pp. R521 - R523 (2007)

Book (2)

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    Brumm, H. (Ed.): Animal Communication and Noise. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2013), 453 pp.
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    Gil, D.; Brumm, H. (Eds.): Avian Urban Ecology. Behavioural and Physiological Adaptations. Oxford University Books, Oxford (2013), 240 pp.
 
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