Selected papers related to avian acoustics are below. Please feel free to contact us for a copy of any of these papers.

  • Webb, Wesley H., Michelle M. Roper, Matthew D. Pawley, Yukio Fukuzawa, Aaron M. Harmer, and Dianne H. Brunton. Sexually Distinct Song Cultures in a Songbird Metapopulation. BioRxiv, 5 July 2021, 2021.07.05.451205.
  • Roper, Michelle M., M. T. Harmer Aaron, and Dianne H. Brunton. Long-Term Changes in the Breeding Biology of a New Zealand Bellbird Population Suggest Plasticity in Life-History Responses to Ecological Restoration. BioRxiv, 19 January 2021, 2021.01.18.427196.
  • Fukuzawa, Yukio, Wesley H. Webb, Matthew D. M. Pawley, Michelle M. Roper, Stephen Marsland, Dianne H. Brunton, and Andrew Gilman. Koe: Web-Based Software to Classify Acoustic Units and Analyse Sequence Structure in Animal Vocalizations. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 11, no. 3 (2020): 431–41.
  • Roper MM, Harmer AMT, Brunton DH. 2018. Developmental changes in song production in free-living male and female New Zealand bellbirds. Animal Behaviour 140: 57-71.
  • Hill SD, Brunton DH, Anderson MG, Ji W. 2018. Fighting talk: complex song elicits more aggressive responses in a vocally complex songbird. Ibis 160: 257-268.
  • Ranjard L, Withers SJ, Brunton DH, Parsons S, Ross HA. 2017 Geographic patterns of song variation reveal timing of song acquisition in a wild avian population. Behavioral Ecology 28: 1085-1092.
  • Webb WH, Brunton DH, Aguirre JD, Thomas DB, Valcu M, Dale J. 2016. Female song occurs in songbirds with more elaborate female coloration and reduced sexual dichromatism. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 4: 22


  • Parker KA, Lovegrove TG, Chambers R, Harmer AMT. 2016. A guide for banding North Island robin (Petroica longipes) nestlings. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 43: 307-310



  • Brunton DH, Roper MM, Harmer AMT. 2016. Female song rate and structure predict reproductive success in a socially monogamous bird. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 4: 13
  • Parker KA, Anderson MJ, Jenkins PF, Brunton DH. 2012. The effects of translocation-induced isolation and fragmentation on the cultural evolution of bird song. Ecology Letters 15(8):778-786 (cover)
  • Brunton DH, Evans B, Cope T. Ji W. 2008. A test of the ‘dear enemy’ hypothesis in female NZ bellbirds: female neighbors as threats. Behavioral Ecology 19:791-798



  • Brunton DH, Evans BA, Ji W. 2008. Assessing natural dispersal of New Zealand bellbirds using song type and song playbacks. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 32:147-154
  • Brunton DH, Li X. 2006. Comparisons of song structure and vocal behavior of male and female bellbirds (Anthornis melanura). Journal of Ethology 24:17-25