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Functionally referential alarm calls in noisy miners communicate about predator behaviour

Cunningham, Sean; Magrath, Robert

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Many vertebrates have alarm calls that warn conspecifics about danger, and some species even communicate about the type of predator or its behaviour, allowing for appropriate responses. However, such ‘functionally referential’ communication has been shown experimentally in only a handful of species, and requires demonstrating that individuals give acoustically distinct calls to different threats, and that the calls alone are sufficient to prompt listeners to behave as if a specific threat is...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017-07
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/217375
Source: Animal Behaviour
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.05.021
Access Rights: Open Access

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