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chris summers — June 23, 03:37PM

Should I not assume gender identity when using singing male breeding code for unsighted birds?

After reading the summer issue of living bird mag and learning how it is the female driving the evolution of bird song, and learning too that 60 percent of females sing, should I not assume it is the male singing and only report singing males on the breeding code for males actually seen while singing?

Thank You

Ian Hearn — June 25, 08:14PM

I'm not sure, but I wish eBird would add a breeding code for Singing Females, not just singing males, as I have observed it several times and even have a photo in one case.

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meg — July 05, 10:02AM

Chris and Ian,

We agree with both of you, but since the only choice if for singing males and vocalization is communication no matter which birds vocalize, we always enter singing males for the breeding code. this is another example of how eBird started and where the research has now expanded beyond the simplicity of the initial categories. Will eBird evolve as do the birds and the research conclusions? S l o w l y.

good birding,


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ch — July 05, 12:41PM

thank you Ian an Meg.This is a very interesting topic.I think e-bird will evolve, maybe a tad faster than bird evolution

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