Animal Communication and Noise

  • Henrik Brumm

Part of the Animal Signals and Communication book series (ANISIGCOM, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Henrik Brumm
    Pages 1-4
  3. Signal Detection Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
  4. Acoustic Signals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Joshua J. Schwartz, Mark A. Bee
      Pages 91-132
    3. Alejandro Vélez, Joshua J. Schwartz, Mark A. Bee
      Pages 133-185
    4. Henrik Brumm, Sue Anne Zollinger
      Pages 187-227
    5. Robert J. Dooling, Sandra H. Blumenrath
      Pages 229-250
    6. Peter L. Tyack, Vincent M. Janik
      Pages 251-271
    7. James J. Finneran, Brian K. Branstetter
      Pages 273-308
  5. Optical, Electric, and Chemical Signals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. Jan Benda, Jan Grewe, Rüdiger Krahe
      Pages 331-372
    3. Volker Nehring, Tristram D. Wyatt, Patrizia d’Ettorre
      Pages 373-405
  6. Impacts of Anthropogenic Noise

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 407-407
    2. Peter K. McGregor, Andrew G. Horn, Marty L. Leonard, Frank Thomsen
      Pages 409-444
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 445-453

About this book


The study of animal communication has led to significant progress in our general understanding of motor and sensory systems, evolution, and speciation. However, one often neglected aspect is that signal exchange in every modality is constrained by noise, be it in the transmission channel or in the nervous system. This book analyses whether and how animals can cope with such constraints, and explores the implications that noise has for our understanding of animal communication. It is written by leading biologists working on different taxa including insects, fish, amphibians, lizards, birds, and mammals. In addition to this broad taxonomic approach, the chapters also cover a wide array of research disciplines: from the mechanisms of signal production and perception, to the behavioural ecology of signalling, the evolution of animal communication, and conservation issues. This volume promotes the integration of the knowledge gained by the diverse approaches to the study of animal communication and, at the same time, highlights particularly interesting fields of current and future research.


Animal Behaviour Animal Communication Animal physiology Evolution Information Theory Neurobiology Noise Pollution Senory Ecology Signal Detection Theory Signal-to-Noise Ratio

Editors and affiliations

  • Henrik Brumm
    • 1
  1. 1.Communication and Social Behaviour GroupMax Planck Institute for OrnithologySeewiesenGermany

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