Books

Searcy, W. A., and S. Nowicki 2005. The Evolution of Animal Communication: Reliability and Deception in Signaling Systems.  Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey.

Searcy, W. A., and K. Yasukawa.  1995.  Polygyny and Sexual Selection in Red-winged Blackbirds.  Princeton University Press.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters (from 2000)

2014

Searcy, W. A., C. Akcay, S. Nowicki, and M. D. Beecher. 2014. Aggressive signaling in song sparrows and other songbirds. Advances in the Study of Behavior 46:89-125.

Lachlan, R. F., R. C. Anderson, S. Peters, W. A. Searcy, and S. Nowicki. 2014. Typical versions of learned swamp sparrow song types are more effective signals than less typical versions. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281:20140252.

Searcy, W. A., K. B. Sewall, J.Soha, S. Nowicki, and S. Peters. 2014. Song-type sharing in a population of song sparrows in the eastern United States. Journal of Field Ornithology 85:206-212.

Peters, S., W. A. Searcy, and S. Nowicki. 2014. Developmental stress, song learning and cognition. Integrative and Comparative Biology 54:555-567.

Nowicki, S. and W. A. Searcy. 2014. The evolution of vocal learning. Current Opinion in Neurobiology 28:48-53.

2013

Searcy, W. A., R. C. Anderson, B. Ballentine and S. Nowicki. 2013. Limits to reliability in avian aggressive signals. Behaviour 150:1129-1145.

Anderson, R. C., A. L. DuBois, D. K. Piech, W. A. Searcy, and S. Nowicki. 2013. Male response to an aggressive visual signal, the wing wave display, in swamp sparrows. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 67:593-600.

Searcy, W. A., A. L. DuBois, K. Rivera-Caceres and S. Nowicki. 2013. A test of a hierarchical signalling model in song sparrows. Animal Behaviour 86: 309-315.

2012

Akcay, C., W. A. Searcy, S. E. Campbell, V. A. Reed, C. N. Templeton, K. M. Hardwick, and M. D. Beecher. 2012. Who initiates extrapair mating in song sparrows? Behavioral Ecology 23:44-50.

Anderson, R. C., W. A. Searcy, M. Hughes, and S. Nowicki. 2012. The receiver- dependent cost of soft song: a signal of aggressive intent in songbirds. Animal Behaviour 83:1443-1448.

2011

DuBois, A. L., S. Nowicki, and W. A. Searcy. 2011. Discrimination of vocal performance by male swamp sparrows. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65:717-726.

Boogert, N. J., Anderson, R. C., Peters, S., Searcy, W. A., and Nowicki, S. 2011. Song repertoire size in male song sparrows correlates with detour reaching, but not with other cognitive measures. Animal Behaviour 81:1209-1216.

Searcy, W. A. and M. D. Beecher. 2011. Continued scepticism that song overlapping is a signal. Animal Behaviour 81:e1-e4.

Wheeler, B. C., W. A. Searcy, M. H. Christiansen, M. C. Corballis, J. Fischer, C. Grüter, D. Margoliash, M. J. Owren, T. Price, R. Seyfarth, and M. Wild. 2011. Communication. pp. 187-205 in R. Menzel and J. Fischer (eds.) Animal Thinking: Contemporary Issues in Comparative Cognition. MIT Press, Cambridge MA.

van Staaden, M. J., W. A. Searcy, and R. T. Hanlon. 2011. Signaling aggression. Advances in Genetics 75:23-49.

Juola, F. A., and W. A. Searcy. 2011. Vocalizations reveal body condition and are associated with visual display traits in great frigatebirds (Fregata minor). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65:2297-2303.

2010

Stai, S. M., and W. A. Searcy. 2010. Passive sperm loss and patterns of sperm precedence in Muscovy ducks. Auk 127:495-502.

Searcy, W. A., S. Peters, S. Kipper, and S. Nowicki. 2010. Female response to song reflects developmental history in swamp sparrows. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65:1343-1349.

2009

DuBois, A. L, S. Nowicki, and W. A. Searcy. 2009. Swamp sparrows modulate vocal Performance in aggressive contexts.  Biology Letters 5:163-165.

Ackay, C., W. E. Wood, W. A. Searcy, C. N. Templeton, S. E. Campbell, and M. D. Beecher. 2009. Good neighbour, bad neighbour: song sparrows retaliate against aggressive rivals.  Animal Behaviour 78:97-102.

Searcy, W. A., and S. Nowicki. 2009.  Sexual selection and the evolution of animal signals.  in L. R. Squires (ed) Encyclopedia of Neuroscience.  v. 8, pp. 769-776. Academic Press, Oxford.

Searcy, W. A., and S. Nowicki. 2009  Consequences of brain development for sexual signaling in songbirds.  pages 71-87 In R. Dukas and J. M. Ratcliffe (eds) Cognitive Ecology II. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Searcy, W. A., and M. D. Beecher.  2009.  Song as an aggressive signal in songbirds. Animal Behaviour. 78:1281-1292.

2008

Ballentine, B., W. A. Searcy, and S. Nowicki. 2008.  Reliable aggressive signalling in swamp sparrows.  Animal Behaviour. 75:693-703.

Searcy, W. A., R. C. Anderson, and S. Nowicki. 2008. Is bird song a reliable signal of aggressive intent?  A reply.  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 62:1213-1216.

Anderson, R. C., W. A. Searcy, and S. Nowicki. 2008.  Testing the function of song matching in birds: responses of eastern male song sparrows Melospiza melodia to partial song matching.  Behaviour. 145:347-363.

Anderson, R. C., W. A. Searcy, S. Peters, and S. Nowicki. 2008.  Soft song in song sparrows: acoustic structure and implications for signal function.  Ethology 114:662-676.

Searcy, W. A., and S. Nowicki. 2008.  Bird song and the problem of honest communication. American Scientist 96:114-121.

Krueger, T. R., D. A. Williams, and W. A. Searcy. 2008.  The genetic mating system of a tropical tanager.  Condor 110:559-562.

2007

Hughes, M., R. C. Anderson, W. A. Searcy, L. M. Bottensek, and S. Nowicki.  2007. Song type sharing and territory tenure in eastern song sparrows: implications for the evolution of song repertoires.  Animal Behaviour 73:701-710.

Anderson, R. C., S. Nowicki, and W. A. Searcy. 2007. Soft song in song sparrows: response of males and females to an enigmatic signal. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61:1267-1274.

2006

Searcy, W. A., R. C. Anderson, and S. Nowicki. 2006. Bird song as a signal of aggressive intent. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 60:234-241.

Searcy, W. A., and S. Nowicki. 2006.  Signal interception and the use of soft song in aggressive interactions.  Ethology 112:865-872.

2005

Nowicki, S. and W. A. Searcy. 2005. Song and mate choice in birds: How the development of behavior helps us understand its function. Auk 122:1-14.

Anderson, R. C., W. A. Searcy, and S. Nowicki. 2005. Partial song matching in an eastern population of song sparrows, Melospiza melodia. Animal Behaviour 69:189-196.

Nowicki, S. and W. A. Searcy. 2005. Adaptive priorities in brain development: theoretical comment of Pravosudov et al. (2005).  Behavioral Neuroscience 119:1415-1418.

2004

Hyman,  J., M. Hughes, W. A. Searcy, and S. Nowicki. 2004. Individual variation in the strength of territory defense in male song sparrows: Correlates of age, territory tenure, and neighbor aggressiveness. Behaviour 141:15-27.

Searcy, W. A., S. Peters, and S. Nowicki. 2004.  Effects of early nutrition on growth rate and adult size in song sparrows.  Journal of Avian Biology.35:269-279.

Nowicki, S. & W. A. Searcy.  2004.  Song function and the evolution of female preferences: Why birds sing and why brains matter.  Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci.   1016:704-723.

2003

Searcy, W. A., S. Nowicki, and S. Peters. 2003. Phonology and geographic song discrimination in song sparrows.   Ethology 109:23-35.

2002

Searcy, W. A., S. Nowicki, M. Hughes, and S. Peters. 2002. Geographic song discrimination in relation to dispersal distance in song sparrows.  American Naturalist 159:221-230.

Nowicki, S., W. A. Searcy, T. Krueger, and M. Hughes. 2002.  Individual variation in response to simulated territorial challenge among territory-holding song sparrows. Journal of Avian Biology 33:253-259.

Nowicki, S., W. A. Searcy, and S. Peters. 2002. Quality of song learning affects female response to male bird song.  Proceedings of the Royal Society (London) B 269:1949- 1954.

Nowicki, S., W. A. Searcy, and S. Peters. 2002. Brain development, song learning, and mate choice in birds: a review and experimental test of the "nutritional stress hypothesis." J. Comp. Phys. A 188:1003-1014.

2001

Pribil, S., and W. A. Searcy. 2001. Experimental confirmation of the polygyny threshold model for red-winged blackbirds. Proceedings of the Royal Society (London) B 268:1643-1646.

Nowicki, S., W. A. Searcy, M. Hughes, and J. Podos. 2001. The evolution of bird song: male and female response to song innovation in swamp sparrows.  Animal Behaviour 62:1189-1195.

2000

Searcy, W. A. and S. Nowicki. 2000. Male-male competition and female choice in the evolution of vocal signaling. in Y. Espmark, T. Amundsen, and G. Rosenquist (eds) Animal Signals: Signalling and Signal Design in Animal Communication.  pp. 301-315 Tapir Academic Press, Trondheim, Norway.

Searcy, W. A., S. Nowicki, and C. Hogan. 2000. Song type variants and aggressive context. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 48:358-363.

Peters, S., W. A. Searcy, M. D. Beecher, and S. Nowicki. 2000.  Geographic variation in the organization of song sparrow repertoires.  Auk 117:936-942.