Birdsong: motor function and the evolution of communication


Journal Article

Communication differs from other behaviors in the potential for an arbitrary relationship between a signal's function and the motor patterns used to produce it. Also, signals often incorporate motor patterns that have been co-opted from non-signal behaviors, resulting in a linkage between communication and other behaviors using the same functional systems. We examine possible evolutionary consequences of these attributes of communication, using birdsong as a focus. Syringeal function provides a case where co-adaptation with other behaviors is weak. By contrast, functional systems of the vocal tract have evolved in response to competing influences of divergent selective pressures. © 1992.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Nowicki, S; Westneat, M; Hoese, W

Published Date

  • January 1, 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 385 - 390

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1044-5765

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/1044-5765(92)90046-5

Citation Source

  • Scopus