birding-aus RFI: Tone deafness in Songbirds (NZ)

Subject: birding-aus RFI: Tone deafness in Songbirds (NZ)
From: Alexandra Appleman <>
Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 09:03:14 +1000

Received a call from ABC Radio (Townsville) regarding an article in the
weekend's press.  The article cites a New Zealand study which found that
songbirds around towns and cities are losing their tunes as increasingly
heavy traffic noise is making them tone deaf.  The study reflects one
undertaken in Britain which showed that birds near busy roads had problems
attracting mates and defending territories.

The ABC would like to know if any similar study had been done on bird song
in North Queensland or in Australia generally.

Reply direct.  Cheers

Alex Appleman

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