The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Social communication in songbirds - telemetric recording of vocal behavior and underlying neural activity

Date: 
Mon, 01/25/2021 - 5:00pm
Meeting point: 
Lectures by Zoom Meetings. Links will be provided before talks
Event type: 
Lecture
Event series: 
Colloquium on evolution and biodiversity
Target group: 
Studierende, Wissenschaftler
Lecturer: 
Dr. Susanne Hoffmann, MPI für Ornithologie Seewiesen

Songbirds use vocalizations to communicate with conspecifics. I am investigating how this behavior supports large-scale social processes, and how it is controlled by the bird’s brain.

To record vocal and neural activity from several individuals in a social group simultaneously, I exploit “on-bird” radio-telemetric transmission technology. This technique allows to unambiguously assign each vocalization to the bird it was emitted from while preserving the precise temporal relationship between vocal and neural activity of one bird, and between vocalizations of different birds.

In my talk, I will present two projects, which aim to uncover 1) a potential function of vocal communication for interindividual spatial coordination during collective movements and 2) the neural mechanisms of duet singing.

Contact person

Head of Section
+49 228 9122-241
+49 228 9122-295
h.waegele [at] leibniz-zfmk.de

Colloquium on biology

Prof. Dr. H. Wägele
Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig,
Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany
 
Prof. Dr. G. von der Emde
Institute of Zoology, Poppelsdorfer Schloss,
Meckenheimer Allee 169, 53115 Bonn, Germany

Place: Great lecture hall, Poppelsdorfer Schloß
Time: mondays, 17.15 h

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