Helene Marie Lampe

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Communication in the animal world is important to understand because it has consequences for the social life of animals. What information does a signal convey? How do receivers of the signals use it? My group is mainly studying the complexities of bird song. We have done studies on a number of species on the functions of song, f.ex. studies of dialects in redwings and why this species has a long, complex twitter. But for the most part we have been working on pied flycatchers which breed in nest boxes and where the males are polyterritorial and try to attract more than one female. There is a large variation between males in song figure repertoires that has implications for mate choice. Females can gain information about several aspects of male quality by listening to his song, and experiments have shown that they pay attention to this information. But why do not all males have large, attractive repertoires? This is one of the questions we try to answer.

I also find other areas of communication interesting, and have had students working on the use of warning signals in predator-prey interactions - where domestic chicks have been easily accessible predators and will be interesting to continue. My interest also extends to fish feeding and mating behaviour and information content in fish signals in communication networks.

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Tags: Animal communication, Mate choice, Adaptation, Biology, Birds, Predator-prey interactions, Animal Behaviour, Behavioral ecology, Zoology, Ornithology, Ethology, Sexual selection


  • Fong, Lydia Jing Mein; Labra, Antonieta & Lampe, Helene M. (2019). The role of arrival time to the breeding grounds in the song development of juvenile pied flycatchers. Journal of Ethology.  ISSN 0289-0771.  37, s 229- 233 . doi: 10.1007/s10164-019-00585-7 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Labra, Antonieta & Lampe, Helene M. (2018). The songs of male pied flycatchers: exploring the legacy of the fathers. PeerJ.  ISSN 2167-8359.  6, s 1- 17 . doi: 10.7717/peerj.5397
  • Cadahia, Luis; Labra, Antonieta; Knudsen, Endre; Nilsson, Anna; Lampe, Helene M.; Slagsvold, Tore & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2017). Advancement of spring arrival in a long‑term study of a passerine bird: sex, age and environmental effects. Oecologia.  ISSN 0029-8549.  184(4), s 917- 929 . doi: 10.1007/s00442-017-3922-4 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Motes-Rodrigo, Alba; Labra, Antonieta & Lampe, Helene M. (2017). Breeding Experience and not Age Modulates the Song Development of Pied Flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca). Ethology.  ISSN 0179-1613.  123(3), s 197- 204 . doi: 10.1111/eth.12589 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Ouwehand, J.; Ahola, M. P.; Ausems, A. N. M. A.; Bridge, E. S.; Burgess, M.; Hahn, S.; Hewson, C. M.; Klaassen, R. H. G.; Laaksonen, L.; Lampe, Helene M.; Velmala, W. & Both, C. (2016). Light-level geolocators reveal migratory connectivity in European populations of pied flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca. Journal of Avian Biology.  ISSN 0908-8857.  47(1), s 69- 83 . doi: 10.1111/jav.00721
  • Laaksonen, T; Sirkiä, PM; Calhim, S; Brommer, JE; Leskinen, PK; Primmer, CR; Adamik, P; Artemyev, AV; Belskii, E; Both, C; Bures, S; Burgess, MD; Doligez, B; Forsman, JT; Grinkov, V; Hoffmann, U; Ivankina, E; Kral, M; Krams, I; Lampe, Helene M.; Moreno, J; Mägi, M; Nord, A; Potti, J; Ravussin, PA & Sokolov, L (2015). Sympatric divergence and clinal variation in multiple coloration traits of Ficedula flycatchers. Journal of Evolutionary Biology.  ISSN 1010-061X.  28(4), s 779- 790 . doi: 10.1111/jeb.12604
  • Sirkiä, Päivi M; Adamik, Peter; Artemyev, Alexandr V; Belskii, Eugen; Both, Christiaan; Bures, Stanislav; Burgess, Malcolm; Bushuev, Andrey V; Forsman, Jukka T; Grinkov, Vladimir; Hoffmann, Dieter; Järvinen, Antero; Kral, Miroslav; Krams, Indrikis; Lampe, Helene M.; Moreno, Juan; Mägi, Marko; Nord, Andreas; Potti, Jaime; Ravussin, Pierre-Alain; Sokolov, Leonid & Laaksonen, Toni (2015). Fecundity selection does not vary along a large geographical cline of trait means in a passerine bird. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.  ISSN 0024-4066.  114(4), s 808- 827 . doi: 10.1111/bij.12469
  • Husek, Jan; Lampe, Helene M. & Slagsvold, Tore (2014). Natal dispersal based on past and present environmental phenology in the pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca). Oecologia.  ISSN 0029-8549.  174(4), s 1139- 1149 . doi: 10.1007/s00442-013-2842-1
  • Lifjeld, Jan Terje; Laskemoen, Terje; Kleven, Oddmund; Pedersen, Anne Tiril Myhre; Lampe, Helene M.; Rudolfsen, Geir; Schmoll, Tim & Slagsvold, Tore (2012). No Evidence for Pre-Copulatory Sexual Selection on Sperm Length in a Passerine Bird. PLOS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  7(2) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0032611 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Eriksen, Ane; Slagsvold, Tore & Lampe, Helene M. (2011). Vocal Plasticity - are Pied Flycatchers, Ficedula Hypoleuca, Open-Ended Learners?. Ethology.  ISSN 0179-1613.  117(3), s 188- 198 . doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.2010.01864.x
  • Bjærke, Oda; Østbye, Kjartan; Lampe, Helene M. & Vøllestad, Leif Asbjørn (2010). Covariation in shape and foraging behaviour in lateral plate morphs in the three-spined stickleback. Ecology of Freshwater Fish.  ISSN 0906-6691.  19, s 249- 256 . doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0633.2010.00409.x
  • Lampe, Helene M.; Balsby, TJS; Espmark, Yngve & Dabelsteen, T (2010). Does twitter song amplitude signal male arousal in redwings (Turdus iliacus)?. Behaviour.  ISSN 0005-7959.  147(3), s 353- 365 . doi: 10.1163/000579509X12574305163567
  • Calhim, S; Lampe, Helene M.; Slagsvold, Tore & Birkhead, TR (2009). Selection on sperm morphology under relaxed sperm competition in a wild passerine bird. Biology Letters.  ISSN 1744-9561.  5(1), s 58- 61 . doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2008.0544
  • Eriksen, Ane; Lampe, Helene M. & Slagsvold, Tore (2009). Interspecific cross-fostering affects song acquisition but not mate choice in pied flycatchers, Ficedula hypoleuca. Animal Behaviour.  ISSN 0003-3472.  78(4), s 857- 863 . doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2009.07.005 Show summary
  • Lampe, Helene M.; Larsen, Ole Næsbye; Pedersen, Simon b. & Dabelsteen, Torben (2007). Song degradation in the hole-nesting pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca: Implications for polyterritorial behaviour in contrasting habitat-types. Behaviour.  ISSN 0005-7959.  144, s 1161- 1178
  • Hauglund, Katrine; Hagen, Snorre B & Lampe, Helene M. (2006). Responses of domestic chicks (Gallus gallus domesticus) to multimodal aposematic signals. Behavioral Ecology.  ISSN 1045-2249.  17, s 392- 398
  • Garamszegi, L. Z.; Balsby, T.J.S.; Bell, B.D.; Borowiec, M.; Byers, B.E.; Draganoiu, T.; Eens, M.; Forstmeier, W.; Galeotti, P.; Gil, D.; Gorissen, L.; Hansen, P.; Lampe, Helene M.; Leitner, S; Lontkowski, J; Nagle, L; Nemeth, E; Pinxten, R; Rossi, JM; Saino, N; Tanvez, A; Titus, R; Torok, J; Van Duyse, E & Muller, AP (2005). Estimating the complexity of bird song by using capture-recapture approaches from community ecology. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.  ISSN 0340-5443.  57, s 305- 317
  • Lampe, Helene M.; Dabelsteen, Torben; Larsen, Ole Næsbye & Pedersen, S. B. (2004). Degradation of song in a species using nesting holes: the Pied Flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca. Anais da Academia Brasileiras de Ciências.  ISSN 0001-3765.  76(2), s 264- 266
  • Haavie, Jon; Borge, T; Bures, S; Garamszegi, L. Z.; Lampe, Helene M.; Moreno, J.; Qvarnström, A.; Török, J. & Sætre, Glenn-Peter (2004). Flycatcher song in allopatry and sympatry - convergence, divergence and reinforcement. Journal of Evolutionary Biology.  ISSN 1010-061X.  17, s 227- 237 . doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2003.00682
  • Ward, S.; Lampe, Helene M. & Slater, P. J. B. (2004). Singing is not energetically demanding for pied flycatchers, Ficedula hypoleuca. Behavioral Ecology.  ISSN 1045-2249.  15(3), s 477- 484 . doi: 10.1093/beheco/arh038
  • Lampe, Helene M. & Espmark, Yngve (2003). Mate choice in Pied Flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca: can females use song to find high-quality males and territories?. IBIS.  ISSN 0019-1019.  145 (online), s E24- E33
  • Lampe, Helene Marie & Espmark, Yngve O. (2003). Mate choice in Pied Flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca): can females use song to find high-quality males and territories?. IBIS.  ISSN 0019-1019.  145(online), s E24- E33
  • Dale, Sven; Slagsvold, Tore; Lampe, Helene Marie & Lifjeld, Jan Terje (2002). Age-related changes in morphological characters in the pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca. Avian science.  ISSN 1424-8743.  2(3), s 153- 166
  • McGregor, P.K.; Peake, T.M. & Lampe, Helene Marie (2001). Fighting fish Betta splendens extract relative information from apparent interactions: what happens when what you see is not what you get. Animal Behaviour.  ISSN 0003-3472.  62(6), s 1059- 1065
  • Slagsvold, Tore; Johnsen, Arild; Lampe, Helene Marie & Lifjeld, Jan Terje (2001). Do female pied flycatchers seek extra-pair copulations with familiar males? A test of the incomplete knowledge hypothesis. Behavioral Ecology.  ISSN 1045-2249.  12, s 412- 418
  • Rinden, Helge; Lampe, Helene M.; Slagsvold, Tore & Espmark, Yngve (2000). Song quality does not indicate male parental abilities in the pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca. Behaviour.  ISSN 0005-7959.  137, s 809- 823
  • Rinden, Helge; Lampe, Helene Marie; Slagsvold, Tore & Espmark, Yngve O. (2000). Song quality does not indicate male parental abilities in the pied flycatcher Ficedula hypoleuca. Behaviour.  ISSN 0005-7959.  137, s 809- 823 Show summary
  • Dale, Svein; Slagsvold, Tore; Lampe, Helene Marie & Sætre, Glenn-Peter (1999). Population divergence in sexual ornaments: the white forehead patch of Norwegian pied flycatchers is small and unsexy. Evolution.  ISSN 0014-3820.  53, s 1235- 1246 . doi: 10.2307/2640826
  • Slagsvold, Tore; Dale, Svein & Lampe, Helene Marie (1999). Does female aggression prevent polygyny? An experiment with pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.  ISSN 0340-5443.  45, s 403- 410 . doi: 10.1007/s002650050577
  • Lifjeld, Jan T.; Breiehagen, Torgrim & Lampe, Helene M. (1992). Pied Flycatchers failed to use nestling size as a cue to favour own genetic offspring in a communally raised brood. Ornis Scandinavica.  ISSN 0030-5693.  23(2), s 199- 201 Show summary
  • Slagsvold, Tore; Amundsen, Trond; Dale, Svein & Lampe, Helene M. (1992). Female-female aggression explains polyterritoriality in male pied flycatchers. Animal Behaviour.  ISSN 0003-3472.  43, s 397- 407 . doi: 10.1016/S0003-3472(05)80100-9

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  • Rydgren, Knut; indreeide, bendik & Lampe, Helene M. (2019). A bird’s-eye view for bryophytes when building nests: selected choices or random picking?.
  • Lampe, Helene M. & Labra Lillo, Antonieta (2015). Exploring the relationship between song characteristics of fathers and sons in pied flycatchers.
  • Lønaas, Ellen Andersen & Lampe, Helene M. (2015). Song repertoire variation in individual male pied flycatchers.
  • Motes-Rodrigo, Alba; Labra, Antonieta & Lampe, Helene M. (2015). Testing the nutritional stress hypothesis and learning capacity in pied flycatchers.
  • Solbakken, Ingunn & Lampe, Helene M. (2015). Winter flocking titmice communities in natural versus plantation forests, a comparison.
  • Lampe, Helene M. & Størmer, Fredrik Carl (2014). Hvordan kan fuglene bruke jordmagnetismen til navigering?. Biolog.  ISSN 0801-0722.  (2), s 14- 16
  • Skaraas, Christine; Slagsvold, Tore & Lampe, Helene M. (2014). Personality and natal dispersal in great tits Parus major.
  • Stokke, Bård Gunnar & Lampe, Helene M. (2014). Hvorfor rykker duene på hodet?, I: Nina Kristiansen; Eivind Torgersen & Bjørnar Kjensli (red.),  Hvorfor ser du aldri babyduer?.  Kagge forlag.  ISBN 9788248914396.  Hvorfor rykker duene på hodet?.  s 38 - 40
  • Stræte, Tina Ø.; Slagsvold, Tore & Lampe, Helene M. (2014). Consistency between personality traits in wild great tits Parus major.
  • Thorsteinsen, Camilla; Slagsvold, Tore & Lampe, Helene M. (2014). Reproductive success in great tits (Parus major) in relation to individual personality.
  • Lampe, Helene M. & Labra, Antonieta (2013). What sons get from fathers? Song repertoires in the Pied Flycatcher.
  • Lampe, Helene M. (2012). Observasjoner sett fra et fugleperspektiv.
  • Stokke, Bård Gunnar; Lampe, Helene M. & Korneliussen, Ida (2012, 19. februar). Duenes hoderykkende hemmelighet. [Internett].  Forskning.no.
  • Eriksen, Ane; Slagsvold, Tore & Lampe, Helene M. (2011). Song learning in oscine songbirds: tutor choice, timing, and the relationship with sexual imprinting. Series of dissertations submitted to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.. 1093.
  • Lampe, Helene M. (2011, 06. juli). Radioselskapet. [Radio].  NRK P2.
  • Eriksen, Ane; Slagsvold, Tore & Lampe, Helene M. (2009). Adult song learning – are pied flycatchers open-ended learners?.
  • Lambrou, Jayne Patricia & Lampe, Helene M. (2009). Song responses to intruding males and prospecting females in the pied flycatcher, Ficedula hypoleuca.
  • Lampe, Helene M. & Östlund-Nilsson, Sara (2009). Animal navigation in air and water, In Bente Lavold & Benedicte Gamborg Briså (ed.),  Kompassrosen - Orientering mot nord.  Nasjonalbiblioteket.  ISBN 9788279651000.  Kapitel.  s 28 - 39
  • Eriksen, Ane; Lampe, Helene M. & Slagsvold, Tore (2008). Song learning and sexual misimprinting in cross-fostered great tits.
  • Lampe, Helene M.; Hagen, Snorre B. & Johnson, Silje C.H. (2008). The adaptive significance of sound in multimodal warning signals.
  • Cimadom, Katja; García, Marta; Matos, Ricardo; Matessi, Giuliano; Lampe, Helene M. & Dabelsteen, Torben (2007). Male networking and female choice in an artificial territorial system.
  • Eriksen, Ane; Lampe, Helene M. & Slagsvold, Tore (2007). Interspecific cross-fostering affects song acquisition but not mate choice in pied flycatchers.
  • Lampe, Helene M. & Slagsvold, Tore (2007). In pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) local recruits do not have very attractive fathers.
  • Lampe, Helene M.; Sætre, Glenn-Peter; Lyngby, Lene; Halvorsen, Ann kristin s. & Slagsvold, Tore (2007). Change in song syntax gives new meaning in bird communication.
  • Solís, Gema; Dreiss, Amelie; Espmark, Yngve O.; Lampe, Helene M.; Limburg, Tobias; Perret, Philippe; Slater, Peter J.B.; Yoccoz, Nigel G. & Gil, Diego (2007). Species-specific differences in the timing of the dawn chorus in passerines.
  • Lampe, Helene M. (2004). New insight into pied flycatcher song syllable repertoires using capture-recapture estimation procedures.
  • Ward, S.; Lampe, Helene M. & Slater, P.J.B. (2004). Is bird song energetically demanding?.
  • Hagen, Snorre B.; Leinaas, Hans Petter & Lampe, Helene Marie (2003). Response of great tits (Parus major) to small tortoiseshells (Agelais urticae) in feeding trials; evidence of aposematism. Ecological Entomology.  ISSN 0307-6946.  28, s 503- 509
  • Lampe, Helene Marie (2003). Degradation of pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) song in Norwegian and Danish habitats: Implications for polyterritorial behaviour.
  • Lampe, Helene Marie (2003). Degradation of song in a species using nesting holes: the Pied Flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca).
  • Garamszegi, L.Zs.; Doutrelant, C.; Lampe, Helene Marie & Boulinier, T. (2002). ISBE round table report: a new method to estimate repertoire size.
  • Lampe, Helene Marie; Balsby, T.J.S.; Espmark, Yngve O.; Dabelsteen, T.; Pedersen, S.B. & McGregor, P.K. (2002). The function of twitter in the song of the European Redwings: results from interactive playback. Show summary
  • Lampe, Helene Marie; Sætre, Glenn-Peter; Lyngby, L.; Halvorsen, A.K.S. & Slagsvold, Tore (2002). Female discrimination and honest signalling of male mating status through song in the pied flycatcher. Show summary

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