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Akçay, Ç.*,  Lendvai, Á. Z.*, Stanback M.; Hausmann, M.; Moore, I. T. ; Bonier, F. (2016). Strategic adjustment of parental care: life-history trade-offs and the role of glucocorticoids. Royal Society Open Science  *co-first authors

Akçay, Ç., Arnold, J. A., Hambury, K. L., Dickinson, J. L. (2016) Age-based discrimination of rivals in western bluebirds. Animal Cognitiondoi: 10.1007/s10071-016-1004-3

Dickinson, J.L., Akçay, Ç., Ferree, E., Stern, C.A.  (2016) Hierarchical incest avoidance in a cooperative breeder. Behavioral Ecology doi: 10.1093/beheco/arw020 

Dickinson, J.L., Akçay, Ç., Ferree, E.D., Stern, C.A. (2016) Western bluebirds: lessons from a marginal cooperative breeder. in Koenig, W.D. and J.L. Dickinson (eds), Cooperative breeding in vertebrates: Long-term studies. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK link to publisher

Akçay, Ç., Clay, A., Campbell S. E., Beecher, M. D. (2016) The sparrow and the hawk: aggressive signaling under risk of predation. Behavioral Ecology doi:10.1093/beheco/arv196 


EVO_69_12_cover.inddAkçay, Ç., Campbell, S. E., Beecher, M. D. (2015) The fitness consequences of honesty: under-signalers have a survival advantage in song sparrows. Evolution. vol. 69 p. 3186-3193 doi: 10.1111/evo.12818 (cover for December 2015)

Lendvai, Á. Z., Akçay, Ç., Ouyang, J. Q. ; Dakin, R. ; Domalik A.; St John, P. S.; Stanback M.; Moore, I. T. ; Bonier, F. (2015) Analysis of the optimal duration of behavioral observations based on an automated continuous monitoring system in tree swallows (Tachycineta bicolor): is one hour good enough? PLoS One (Open Access)

Akçay, Ç., Beecher, M. D. (2015) Team of rivals in chipping sparrows? Biology Letters. 11:20141043. (a rebuttal to Goodwin & Podos, 2014, Biology Letters, see their response here, and a short postcript here

Akçay, Ç., Anderson, R. C., Nowicki, S., Beecher, M. D., Searcy, W. A. (2015). Quiet threats: soft song as an aggressive signal in birds. Animal Behaviour. 105, 267-274 

PeerJ logoLendvai, Á. Z., Akçay, Ç., Weiss, T., Hausmann, M., Moore, I. T., Bonier, F. (2015) Low cost audiovisual playback and recording triggered by radio-frequency identification using Raspberry Pi. PeerJ. 3, e877. (Open Access)


Kershenbaum, A., Blumstein, D. T., Roch, M. A., Akçay, Ç., et al. (42 authors total). (2014) Acoustic sequences in non-human animals: a tutorial review and prospectus. Biological Reviews, doi: 10.1111/brv.12160

Akçay, Ç.; Campbell, S. E.; Reed, V. A., Beecher, M. D. (2014) Song sparrows do not learn more songs from aggressive tutors. Animal Behaviour94, 151-159

Searcy, W. A., Akçay, Ç., Nowicki, S., Beecher, M. D. (2014) Aggressive signaling in song sparrows and other songbirds. Advances in the Study of Behavior. 46, 89-125

Akçay, Ç; Hambury, K. L., Arnold, J. A., Nevins, A. M., Dickinson, J. L. (2014) Song sharing with neighbours and relatives in a cooperatively breeding songbird. Animal Behaviour. 92, 55-62

Beecher, M. D. & Akçay, Ç. (2014) Friends and enemies: how social dynamics shape communication and song learning in song sparrows. In Yasukawa, K. (editor)  Animal Behavior, Volume 3, Preager: Santa Barbara, CA

Akçay, Ç, Campbell, S. E. ; Beecher, M. D.  (2014) Individual differences affect honest signaling in a songbird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B. vol. 281 no. 1775 20132496 supplementary materials
featured in Nature News, The ScientistUW News


Akçay, Ç, Swift, R. J., Reed, V. A., Dickinson, J. L. (2013) Vocal kin recognition in kin neighborhoods of western bluebirds. Behavioral Ecology, 24, 898-905 

Akçay, Ç, Tom, M. E.; Campbell, S. E. ; Beecher, M. D.  (2013) Song type matching is an honest early threat signal in a hierarchical animal communication system. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 280: 20122517.
featured in: UW News,Popular ScienceDaily Mail (UK), KUOW, see also: “The Revenge of the Song Sparrow” on Youtube


Templeton, C. N.; Akçay, Ç.; Campbell, S. E. & Beecher, M. D. (2012)  Soft song is a reliable signal of aggressive intent in song sparrows.  Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology, 66, 1503–1509.

Akçay, Ç. & Beecher, M. D. (2012) Signalling while fighting: further comments on soft song. Animal Behaviour. 83, e1-e3.

Akçay, Ç.; Searcy, W. A.; Campbell, S. E.; Reed, V. A.; Templeton, C. N.; Hardwick, K.; Beecher, M. D.  (2012)  Who initiates extra-pair copulations in song sparrows? Behavioral Ecology, 23, 44-50 


Akçay, Ç; Tom, M. E.; Holmes, D.; Campbell, S. E.; Beecher, M. D.  (2011)  Sing softly and carry a big stick: Signals of aggressive intent in song sparrows. Animal Behaviour, 82, 377-382

Hill, C. E.; Akçay; Ç.; Campbell, S. E.; Beecher, M. D., (2011), Extra-pair paternity, song and genetic quality in song sparrow. Behavioral Ecology, 22, 73-81

Akçay, Ç.; Hazeltine, E., (2011) Domain-specific conflict adaptation without feature repetitions. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 18, 505-511

Hazeltine, E.; Akçay, Ç.; Mordkoff, J. T. (2011). Keeping Simon simple: examining the relationship between sequential modulations and feature repetitions with two stimuli, two locations and two responses. Acta Psychologica, 136, 245- 252


Akçay, Ç; Reed, V. A.; Campbell, S. E.; Templeton, C. N.; Beecher, M. D.  (2010)  Indirect reciprocity: Song sparrows distrust aggressive neighbors based on eavesdropping. Animal Behaviour, 80, 1041-1047; featured in: BBC Earth News

Nulty, B. B.; Burt, J. M.; Akçay, Ç.; Templeton, C. N.; Campbell, S. E.; Beecher, M. D., (2010), Importance of spring tutors in song learning in the song sparrow. Ethology, 116, 653-661

Templeton, C. N.; Akçay, Ç.; Campbell, S. E.; Beecher, M. D., (2010), Juvenile sparrows preferentially eavesdrop on song contests. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B, 277, 447-453; featured in: Daily Telegraph, BBC


Akçay, Ç.; Wood, W. E.; Searcy, W. A.; Templeton, C. N.; Campbell, S. E.; Beecher, M. D., (2009). Good neighbour, bad neighbour: song sparrows retaliate against aggressive rivals. Animal Behaviour, 78, 97-102

Akçay, Ç.; Hazeltine, E., (2008). Conflict adaptation depends on task structure. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 34, 958-973

Akçay, Ç.; Hazeltine, E., (2007). Feature-overlap and conflict monitoring: Two sources of sequential modulations. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 14, 742-748

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