Benedict Lab

Animal Communication and Social Behavior


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Benedict L, Warning N (2017). Rock Wrens preferentially use song types that improve long distance signal transmission during natural singing bouts. Journal of Avian Biology 48:1254-1262. PDF

Najar N, Benedict L, Doll A, Spellman G. (2017) Highlighting the use of Museum Collections in Avian Research. The Auk: Ornithological Advances and The Condor: Ornithological Applications Online Joint Special Collection on Museum Collections. Link

Benedict, L., Odom, K. (2017). Listening to Nature’s Divas. Birding Magazine 49:34-43). Link

Warning N, Benedict L. (2016) Facultative nest modification by rock wrens. Avian Biology Research 9:58-65. PDF

Bailey D** (2016) Dominance Heirarchies in horses: Comparing and Contrasting Different Methods for Assessing Heirarchies. Ursidae: The Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado. Vol 5, No3. Link

Najar N*, Benedict L. (2015) Female song in New World wood-warblers (Parulidae). Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 3:139. Link

Warning N*, Benedict L. (2015) Overlapping home ranges and microhabitat partitioning among Canyon Wrens (Catherpes mexicanus) and Rock Wrens (Salpinctes obsoletus). Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 127:395-401. PDF

Warning N*, Covy N*, Rose A**, Phan, XM**, Benedict L. (2015) Canyon wren territory occupancy and site attributes in northern Colorado. American Midland Naturalist. 174:160-170. PDF

Warning N*, Benedict L (2015) Paving the way: Multifunctional nest architecture of the rock wren. Auk: Ornithological Advances. 132:288-299. PDF

Dahlin CR, Benedict L (2014) Angry birds need not apply: a perspective on the flexible form and multi-functionality of avian vocal duets. Ethology. 119:1-10. Link to article with Supporting Information. PDF

Warning N*, Leatherman D, Covy N, Benedict L (2014) Male rock and canyon wrens evince their fitness as single parents. Colorado Birds 48:276-281. PDF

Benedict L, Rose A**, Warning N* (2013) Small song repertoires and high rate of song-type sharing among Canyon Wrens. Condor. 115:874-881.PDF

Benedict L, Krakauer AH (2013) Kiwis to pewees: the value of studying bird calls.  Ibis. 155:225-228. PDF

Warning N*, Benedict L (2013) Field Note: Atypical canyon wren nesting locations. Colorado Birds. 47:175-177. PDF

Rose A**, Phan XM** (2013) Changes in canyon wren vocalizations in advance of the breeding season. Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado. Vol 2, No2. Link

Benedict L, Rose A**, Warning N* (2012) Canyon wrens alter their songs in response to territorial challenges. Animal Behaviour. 84:1463-1467. PDF

Benedict L, Bowie RCK (2012) Rattling cisticola song features and variability across sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Zoology. 287:96-103. PDF
Featured in the summer 2012 Journal of Zoology Podcast.

Benedict, L Kunzmann MR, Ellison K, Purcell KL, Johnson RR, Haight LT (2011) California Towhee (Melozone crissalis). In: The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology. No. 632. http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/632/articles/introduction

Benedict L (2010) California towhee duets are multi-functional signals for multiple receivers. Behaviour. 147:953-978. PDF

Benedict L, Bowie RCK, Fuchs J, MacManes M (2010) When non-coding is non-neutral: the role of CHD1 gene polymorphism in sexing, phylogenetics and as a correlate of fitness in birds. Ibis. 152:223-225. PDF

Benedict L, Bowie RCK (2009) Macrogeographical variation in the song of a widely distributed African warbler. Biology Letters. 5:484-487. PDF

Benedict L (2009) Long term occupancy of home ranges and short term changes in use of habitat by California towhees (Pipilo crissalis). Southwestern Naturalist. 54:324-340.PDF

Benedict L, McEntee JP (2009) Context, structural variability and individuality of California towhee (Pipilo crissalis) duets. Ethology. 115:77-86. PDF

Benedict L (2008) Unusually high levels of extrapair paternity in a duetting species with long-term pair bonds. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 62:938-988. PDF

Benedict L (2008) Occurrence and life history correlates of vocal duetting in North American passerines. Journal of Avian Biology. 39: 57-65. PDF

Benedict L (2007) Offspring discrimination without recognition: California towhee responses to chick distress calls. Condor. 109: 79-87. PDF

Shiflett MW, Smulders TV, Benedict L, DeVoogd TJ (2003) Reversible inactivation of the hippocampal formation in food-storing black-capped chickadees (Poecile Atricapillus). Hippocampus. 13: 437-444.

Koenig WD, Benedict LS (2002) Size, insect parasitism, and energetic value of acorns stored by acorn woodpeckers. Condor. 104: 539-547. PDF


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