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Eavesdropping magpies respond to the number of heterospecifics giving alarm calls but not the number of species calling

Igic, Branislav; Ratnayake, Chaminda; Radford, Andrew; Magrath, Robert


Social information varies in its reliability and relevance, requiring individuals to use rules to avoid inappropriate responses to false information. A simple rule is to respond only when a certain number of individuals provide similar information. Although individuals within social groups can use such numerical rules to assess conspecific information and make consensus decisions, it is unknown whether individuals apply similar rules when assessing the value of heterospecific information. We...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2018.12.012
Access Rights: Open Access


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