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The Neuroethology of Birdsong

  • Jon T. Sakata
  • Sarah C. Woolley
  • Richard R. Fay
  • Arthur N. Popper

Part of the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research book series (SHAR, volume 71)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Jon T. Sakata, Sarah C. Woolley
    Pages 1-27
  3. Jon T. Sakata, Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama
    Pages 29-63
  4. Karagh Murphy, Koedi S. Lawley, Perry Smith, Jonathan F. Prather
    Pages 65-92
  5. Arthur Leblois, David J. Perkel
    Pages 93-125
  6. Sarah C. Woolley, Sarah M. N. Woolley
    Pages 127-155
  7. Luke Remage-Healey
    Pages 157-174
  8. Jeffrey Podos, Ha-Cheol Sung
    Pages 245-268

About this book


This volume provides comprehensive, integrative, and comparative perspectives on birdsong and underscores the importance of birdsong research to behavioral and systems neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and biomedical research.   

Scaling the Levels of Birdsong Analysis

Jon T. Sakata and Sarah C. Woolley

 Neural Circuits Underlying Vocal Learning in Songbirds

 Jon T. Sakata and Yoko Yazaki-Sugiyama

 New Insights into the Avian Song System and Neuronal Control of Learned Vocalizations

Karagh Murphy, Koedi S. Lawley, Perry Smith, and Jonathan F. Prather

The Song Circuit as a Model of Basal Ganglia Function 

Arthur Leblois and David J. Perkel 

Integrating Form and Function in the Songbird Auditory Forebrain

Sarah C. Woolley and Sarah M. N. Woolley

 Hormonal Regulation of Avian Auditory Processing

Luke Remage-Healey

The Neuroethology of Vocal Communication in Songbirds: Production and Perception of a Call Repertoire

Julie E. Elie and Frédéric E. Theunissen

Linking Features of Genomic Function to Fundamental Features of Learned Vocal Communication

Sarah E. London

Vocal Performance in Songbirds: From Mechanisms to Evolution

Jeffrey Podos and HaCheol Sung


vocal signals social communication neural mechanisms song learning songbirds speech vocal learning song control auditory processing modulation

Editors and affiliations

  • Jon T. Sakata
    • 1
  • Sarah C. Woolley
    • 2
  • Richard R. Fay
    • 3
  • Arthur N. Popper
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biology and Centre for Research in Brain, Language, and MusicMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Department of Biology and Centre for Research in Brain, Language, and MusicMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyLoyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA
  4. 4.Department of BiologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

About the editors

Dr. Jon T. Sakata is an Associate Professor at McGill University in Montreal, Canada
Dr. Sarah C. Woolley is an Associate Professor at McGill University in Montreal, Canada 
Dr. Richard R. Fay is Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at Loyola, Chicago
Dr. Arthur N. Popper is Professor Emeritus and research professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Neuroethology of Birdsong
  • Editors Jon T. Sakata
    Sarah C. Woolley
    Richard R. Fay
    Arthur N. Popper
  • Series Title Springer Handbook of Auditory Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title Springer Hdb.Auditory Res.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-34682-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-34683-6
  • Series ISSN 0947-2657
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-1897
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 268
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 30 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurosciences
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