What aspect of a male’s song is important to a female songbird?

A domestic canary (Serinus canaria forma domestica). (Credit: Youtube.)

Just what do females want?

Inbreeding is reflected in song phonetics

Females paired with inbred males produced fewer and smaller eggs

A nesting white canary. (Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0.)



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Evolutionary ecologist & ornithologist, science journalist. Freelance, job hunting. Writes about science for Forbes. Formerly: The Guardian. Always: Ravenclaw.

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