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Table of Contents

1. Signals and Communication

2. Sound and Sound Signal Production

3. Sound Signal Propagation and Reception

4. Light and Visual Signal Production

5. Visual Signal Propagation and Reception

6. Chemical Signals

7. Short Range Modalities

8. Decisions, Signals and Information

9. The Economics of Communication

10. Signal Evolution

11. Conflict Resolution

12. Mate Attraction and Courtship

13. Social Integration

14. Environmental Signals

15. Communication Networks

16. The Broader View

About the Author

Jack W. Bradbury is a Robert G. Engel Professor of Ornithology, Emeritus at Cornell University. He undertook his undergraduate work at Reed College and received his Ph.D. in Animal Behavior from Rockefeller University. During his career, he has served on the faculty of Rockefeller University, the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), and Cornell University, as Associate Dean of Natural Sciences at UCSD, and, most recently, as Director of
the Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. His research has included studies on determinants of dispersion, mating systems, and communication in a variety of taxa ranging from opisthobranch molluscs to
various birds and mammals, with most work undertaken in the new world and African tropics. He has been teaching undergraduate courses in animal communication since 1970.

Sandra L. Vehrencamp is Professor Emerita from Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology and Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. She received her B.A. with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Animal Behavior from Cornell University. Since 1976, she has served on the faculty of the University of California at San Diego and Cornell University. Her research has included field and theoretical studies of cooperative breeding, determinants of skew
in reproductive success within social groups, the role of resource dispersion in shaping social structure, the role of energetic limits on display behavior in competitive mate attraction systems, and the evolution of
song structure and vocal repertoire size in various songbirds. She too has traveled widely in both the Americas and the Old World tropics in pursuit of her studies, and focal taxa have included bats, antelopes, fiddler crabs, waterbugs, cuckoos, jays, grouse, parrots, wrens, and song sparrows. She has been teaching animal communication courses since 1986.


"Bradbury and Vehrencamp are to be congratulated for synthesizing a vast literature on a fascinating topic in animal behaviour and for communicating it in a lucid, digestible, and engaging way, with a balanced coverage across taxa. This book will be extremely useful both for students wishing to learn about the topic for the first time and for researchers wishing to update themselves on the field. Indeed, whether one has done extensive research in animal
communication or is a complete novice to the field, this book and its associated online materials will be one of the most valuable sources that they can consult."--Mark E. Laidre, Animal Behaviour
"The first edition of this book immediately became a very useful reference. This new edition is all that a revision should be. The authors have added a lot. Most impressively, Bradbury and Vehrencamp gathered a galaxy of color illustrations that give the book a greater impact for readers. A good and important book just got better."--J. A. Mather, Choice

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