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Effects of Noise and Light Pollution on Bird Communication

Most birds rely on acoustic communication for important functions such as reproduction or avoiding predators. In urban habitats, however, they find it increasingly difficult to make themselves heard because of noise pollution. In addition to noise, urban bird songs may also be affected by light pollution as artificial light in cities can shift the biological rhythms of birds. We are investigating how urban eco-factors impact the vocal communication of birds and how they respond to these challenges.

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