Pavel Pipek is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecology at Charles University in Prague whose current focus is invasion ecology. Pavel and his colleagues have launched some really interesting research exploring the intersection of birdsong dialects and invasion ecology. Since this research has a strong citizen science component, we want to help Pavel spread the word:

What happens with birdsong during invasion of a new territory? To answer this question, a citizen science project looks for volunteers to record Yellowhammers (Emberiza citrinella) in New Zealand and Great Britain to evaluate distribution of their dialects.

Why Yellowhammers?
Yellowhammer is a widespread, small and conspicuous songbird that ideal for studying functions of dialects in animal vocal communication. Its simple songs can be assigned to several dialects, broadly distributed in Europe but overlapping in a mosaic fashion. Most birds at a locality sing only one dialect, which seems locally stable over years.

 

 

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