Yo! Yodel Studies By Jay Magers
Tune in for some loon music! The yodel is the territorial vocalization of the male loon. Jay Magers is becoming an expert on yodels. He believes that a loon's yodel can tell a lot about the bird. One thing he's been wondering is, does a loon change the pitch of his yodel to communicate something about his health or body condition or size? Jay hopes to fiind the answer.
So far, these are some things Jay has learned about loon yodels:
Jay is hoping to show whether or not frequency and these pitch components are important in communicating something about the male's fighting ability. Now YOU be the scientist. Jay prepared the following sonagrams from loon yodels he recorded in his research. Now he has these fun challenges for you!
Try This! Be a Yodel Detective
Question 1: Which of these two yodels is probably made by a larger bird? Why do you think so?
Question 3: Listen to and look at these three yodels. Which is given by a different individual?
Question 4: Now the big challenge. Can you match each of these yodel sounds (Loon 1 - 4) to their sonograms (Loon A - D)?
Try This! Journaling Question: Female loons don't yodel, but they DO try to drive other females off territories. What are some ways females might signal their fighting ability?