Moving beyond species-specific noise-induced changes in birdsong: a comment on Roca et al.

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Abstract

Anthropogenic (man-made) noise is a global pollutant of international concern. While the impacts of anthropogenic noise on humans have been studied for decades (Muzet 2007), it is only in the last 10–15 years that similar attention has focussed on non-human animals (Shannon et al. 2016). Some of the earliest work considered how vocal signallers might overcome potential masking, with
research investigating changes in song frequency by birds leading the way (Slabbekoorn and Peet 2003). Studies on shifting song frequencies continue to dominate the anthropogenic-noise literature, and so the meta-analysis conducted by Roca et al. (2016), drawing together and comparing these studies, is timely and welcome.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1276-1277
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral Ecology
Volume27
Early online date22 Jun 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016

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