Behavioural Sciences

Scientists thought only male birds sang - until women joined the research

For more than 150 years, scientists have considered bird song to be a male trait. Image: REUTERS

Kevin Omland
Professor of Biological Sciences, , University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Evangeline Rose
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Maryland
Karan Odom
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University
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Recent findings have shown that female song is widespread. Image: Nature
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Male and female troupials. Both sexes are elaborately colored, and both sexes sing. Image: Karan Odom, CC BY-ND
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