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Discriminating between similar alarm calls of contrasting function

Tegtman, Natalie; Magrath, Robert


In a pioneering study of signal design, Marler (Marler 1955 Nature 176, 6–8. (doi:10.1038/176006a0); Marler 1957 Behaviour 11, 13–37. (doi:10.1163/ 156853956X00066)) argued that the contrasting acoustic design of hawk (seet) and mobbing alarm calls of European passerines reflected their contrasting function. Hawk alarms were high-frequency tones, warning conspecifics to flee but making localization difficult for predators, while mobbing calls were broadband and harsh, allowing easy...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020
Type: Journal article
Source: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2019.0474


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