My PhD project aims to study the social network of birds groups, and more precisely the acoustic network using passive recording. Bioacoustic is a non-invasive tool for animal populations monitoring but has been rarely used for group social characterization.
Social networks have often been studied from a proximal viewpoint, i.e. when the distance between individuals is short. Our aim is to explore the group’s acoustic network (i.e. at longer distance) and be able to predict the vocalizations (emission timing, emitter’s identity), according to social data (number of pairs, group size) and the condition (predation, reunion).
During my PhD project, I will study zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) groups acoustic communication both in the lab and in the field, by experimentally changing the group social composition or by creating perturbations (predation stress, new individual).