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Multimodal duetting in magpie-larks: how do vocal and visual components contribute to a cooperative signal's function?

Ręk, Paweł; Magrath, Robert D.


Many animals communicate using multimodal signals, which simultaneously address different senses. Components may prompt similar or different responses when used alone, whereas the composite signal may have a similar meaning to one or both components, or a novel meaning. We used robot models to dissect the roles of visual and vocal components in the multimodal duets of Australian magpie-larks, Grallina cyanoleuca. Mated pairs produce antiphonal vocal duets, and coordinate them with visual duets,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.04.024
Access Rights: Open Access


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