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Eavesdropping on heterospecific alarm calls: from mechanisms to consequences

Magrath, Robert D.; Haff, Tonya; Fallow, Pamela M.; Radford, Andrew N.


Animals often gather information from other species by eavesdropping on signals intended for others. We review the extent, benefits, mechanisms, and ecological and evolutionary consequences of eavesdropping on other species' alarm calls. Eavesdropping has been shown experimentally in about 70 vertebrate species, and can entail closely or distantly related species. The benefits of eavesdropping include prompting immediate anti-predator responses, indirect enhancement of foraging or changed...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015-05
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Reviews
DOI: 10.1111/brv.12122


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