We’ve Been Ignoring Female Birdsong for Centuries

Birdsong has historically been described as a male trait to compete for female mates, but there’s a good chance that you’ve never learned about female birdsong, and they do indeed sing!

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2020 Women advancing female birdsong research
2019 Why females sing?—pair communication/other song functions in eastern bluebirds
2018 The Invisible Women. American Ornithological Society

The Invisible Women

2016 Typical Males & Unconventional Females: Songs & Singing Behaviors of Duetting Oriole
2016 Female in-nest chatter increases predation
2015 Female songbirds still struggling to be heard
2015 Functional aspects of song-learning in songbirds (male)
2014 Female song widespread & ancestral in songbirds
2008 Females sing more frequently than males in Streak-backed Oriole
2006 Female finery is not for males
2005 Male & female song structure & singing behaviour in duetting eastern whipbird Psophodes olivaceus
2003 The “Mute” Sex Revisited: Vocal Production & Perception Learning in Female Songbirds
1998 Functions of duet & solo songs of female birds
BIRDSONG Ball, G. F., & Hulse, S. H. (1998). Birdsong. American Psychologist, 53(1), 37–58.
1996 Female song attracts male alpine accentors Prunella collaris
1986 Sexual selection & the evolution of song
The Female Bird Song Project

Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris)
Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris)
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)
Subdesert Mesites
Subdesert Mesite - Reniala Reserve - Ifaty - Madagascar_S4E8646

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