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Birds Learn Socially to Recognize Heterospecific Alarm Calls by Acoustic Association

Potvin, Dominique; Ratnayake, Chaminda Pradeep; Radford, Andrew; Magrath, Robert


Animals in natural communities gain information from members of other species facing similar ecological challenges [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], including many vertebrates that recognize the alarm calls of heterospecifics vulnerable to the same predators [6]. Learning is critical in explaining this widespread recognition [7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13], but there has been no test of the role of social learning in alarm-call recognition, despite the fact that it is predicted to be important in this context [14,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.06.013
Access Rights: Open Access


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